Job hunting using social media
Looking for that dream job? Depending on your career choice you shouldn’t be limiting yourself to the newspaper classifieds or online job sites - especially not, if you’re already a social networking ninja.
That’s right, you could be a tweet, like, connection or pin away from landing your next job. Here’s how to sharpen your job hunting skills using social media:
- LinkedIn is the professional’s social networking site. It’s the ideal platform for making connections with people and companies concerned with careers or fields of study that interest you. Learn who’s who and what networking opportunities are available to you and be inspired to kick-start your own career.
- Check out the Job Boards to find out about job openings in your field of interest.
- Update your work history and achievements on a regular basis. You want to be on top form especially if potential recruiters stumble upon your profile.
- Get as many recommendations and endorsements as you can from peers you’ve worked with praising your awesome skills and team spirit.
- Sharing articles and contributing to the conversation is a way of showing your knowledge and insights to members of your network. This makes you more hireable to recruiters. Avoid posting holiday, pet or birthday party pics on LinkedIn – keep it strictly professional.
- Do a search on Twitter for a job title in your area that you’ve interested in i.e. “social media manager JHB” and it’s a matter of scrolling down the results until something catches your eye. You can also search hashtags like #jobs or #nowhiring.
- Follow companies and people that are in the industry you want to work in or with interests similar to you. Send them a tweet or two every now and again impressing them with your interest and ingenuity so you get noticed.
- Keep your twitter handle name neat and tidy as well – no offensive or sexual references please.
- “Like” company pages and brands you’d like to work, to find more about them and be ready to respond to their job alerts.
- Consider setting your Work and Education information in your About section to public and keeping it updated on a regular basis in case recruiters look you up on Facebook.
- Beside fashion and party idea boards, you can use Pinterest to create boards to highlight your work interests. Maybe you want to be a writer or a designer, pinterest can be a resource of information and inspiration. Think about creating a board on story ideas and writing tips or logo designs. A potential recruiter will see that you show initiative in growing and bettering your skills.
- Why not create a Pinterest CV. Pin everything from your achievements, works of art, causes you support to your blog ponderings.
Here’s to finding your dream job on social!
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