How To Use Social Media To Find A Job

  • "The Society for Human Resources Management reported in a recent survey that 76% of companies either already use or plan to use social media to help recruit talent". This was embedded in a recent article by human resources expert, Susan Healthfield.

    When a position is high up on the corporate ladder, it may be filled faster than other positons(not because of the classified ad) due to personal connection.

    Nevertheless, when job-hunting on social media sites, it would help to put the following into consideration:

    • Connect with potential employers via LinkedIn and Twitter;
    • Join online discussion groups where you may find either current or former employees as well as potential employers;
    • Review corporate social media sites and observe how they treat customers;
    • Look at social media monitoring sites, such as Social Mention, Google Alerts, and paper.li to keep up with what's going on in companies of choice;
    • Research on HR directors that you will meet at interviews so as to get to know them briefly in advance;
    • Provide great discussions in places such as in a LinkedIn group, you can show off your talents and impress them;
    • Even if you aren't actively looking for a new job at the time, getting people in a company you are interested in to know you, can make you someone that they think of when an opening occurs.

    DO's

    • Although, you can get a job from classified ads, job-oriented websites, etc., there is no substitute for a personal connection with the decision maker;
    • You should join several but not too many groups on LinkedIn;
    • You need to be active enough in the groups that you can become a true thought leader, not someone who makes random postings; 
    • Use sites such as Google Alerts or Technorati to monitor the internet for mentions of your company and possibly even your competition;
    • Use social media to help get a grasp on the corporate culture of companies you are interested in;
    • If you know some of the companies that you know you're interested in working for, you can use the site to gather stories from the web;
    • Review their tweets to see how they interact with people, look at their LinkedIn profile and see what are up to as well;
    • You can get to know them so that when the interview comes, you can reference things that you learned about them from their online profile;
    • You can use social media to help identify potential employers that are more likely to be rewarding and make you feel accomplished.

    DONT's

    • Avoid minimising your online presence;
    • Some people leave their jobs because they find that the company is not compatible with their personal code of conduct, ethics, etc. You can avoid making those kinds of mistakes and find a place where you will want to stay for a long time.

    All the best with your social media job hunting...

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