Social media can play a vital role in boosting your job search. Jobseekers and employers are reaping the benefits of social media for finding suitable candidates. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are the three most popular social networking websites that can be used to boost your job search. To make the most of these social networking tools, you need to be informed of the strategic ways of networking your way into a job or career of your interest.
Let the people in your network know that you’re searching for a job. Let them know what type of job you’re searching for. If you keep your network informed, they will keep you in mind and tell you as soon as a new position becomes available, which can really boost your job search.
Facebook happens to be more powerful when it comes to connecting with friends, co-workers, and colleagues than Twitter and LinkedIn. Make your Facebook profile private (it’s visible to everyone by default), if you don’t want employers to see your personal updates.
Most large employers are on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To boost your job hunting, search for information about hiring managers and the targeted positions that you’re seeking.
Hyperlink your resume on Twitter and LinkedIn, but not Facebook. This helps employers find your contact information if they are willing to get in touch with you. Keeping your profile information private on Facebook shows potential employers that you are internet savvy.
Create multiple contact lists on Facebook (friends and professional). In this way, your professional contacts will have access to only that information that you want them to see.
Lastly, get found on Google. Be active on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn so that employers can find relevant information when they Google your name. Fill out your profile information carefully including the industry-related keywords.
If you haven’t created your profiles on the popular social media sites, go and create one now. Be active on the networks and spend some good time connecting with your network of friends for maximum job search benefits.