Social Media for Job Search – The world around us is changing and ever more social media is becoming a viable outlet for job searching. Where on earth do you start and what can you do! Here are a few tips.
Establish yourself as an expert in the field – A first start is becoming an expert in your field. This means sharing important industry information, commenting on such things and giving out thoughts, advice and opinions. Make sure your profiles for sites like Twitter and Facebook are set up angled for your industry and friend industry players, getting involved in their conversations and shares.
Regularly check companies social media profiles – Ot’s becoming very common for companies to mention job openings on their social media channels and in some cases exclusively advertise on those channels. Checking on a regular basis means you’ll catch any of these coming up.
Make it known you are looking – Assuming it won’t cause you a problem with a current job you can slip in a little hint here and there that you are looking for work or downright come out with it and ask if people know of opportunities in your field. You may get some help and the network you have put into place could work it’s magic.
Share jobs – So, if you see jobs advertised that are not for you but are industry relevent then share them. Tweeting something like “XXX company are looking for qualified XXXX – LINK” could help people if the recruiting areas of those companies start to know and recognise your name.
I believe it’s all about being present and networking! When people know who you are in the social media world your name will be associated with things. You never know you may even start to be approached for jobs or be asked if you know suitable people. If you manage to help connect people for jobs that are not suitable for you they may remember you if something does come up and the bridges you have made will help you get across the river yourself.
Do you have any further tips and ideas to share?