How to use social media in your job hunt

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We already know the benefits of searching for a job online. There are tons of job websites and recruitment companies ready to accept an upload of your CV. But are you using the internet and social media to its complete advantage? Here’s how to use social media to nab that dream job.

Let people know you’re looking

It’s not unusual for most people to keep their job search to themselves, waiting to announce news of their new career once it has been set in stone. And if you’re looking for a new job while still working away in your current one, it’s understandable you would want to keep it on the down low. But if, on the other hand, you’ve recently lost your job or you’re taking a short break to decide on the next path, then don’t be afraid of letting your Facebook friends or Twitter followers know that you’re looking for a job. In fact, let them know what type of job you’re looking for. Maybe they know of an upcoming opening that would suit you perfectly, or they might recommend you to a friend. Chances are you will here of a job vacancy before it’s even listed on a job site.

Ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and relevant

LinkedIn is the ideal site for selling yourself online these days and it’s a professional social media site used by HR managers and recruiters on a regular basis. Make sure your profile includes details of all relevant jobs you’ve held in recent years, including any achievements, strengths and a line or two on what you can offer future employers. There are always potential employers scouting the site and you could just get lucky and hear from one of them.

Don’t just exist, network too

It’s not enough to just exist online. After setting up or updating your profile online, be sure to get active and start connecting with others in your industry or in the industry you’re aiming towards. Search in LinkedIn’s directory for groups related to your interests and start conversing with people. Don’t blatantly ask for a job, but be sure to come across efficient, knowledgeable in your area of expertise and open to conversation.

Use social media to job search

While there are plenty of job websites for finding jobs, many jobs are posted through social media channels before they ever get a chance to be uploaded to job sites. Follow any companies you would be interested in working in and check in regularly for job posts on their Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn groups. Keep an eye on #Jobfairy on Twitter too for instant and daily job postings.

Make the right connections

In almost every industry, landing a job is often about who you know. So when it comes to your social media connections, make a conscious effort to connect with the people you really want to impress in your potential industry. Figure out who you need to know to land a certain job – the hiring manager, for example – and make a connection. Retweet their tweets on Twitter or grow your LinkdIn network until they become a mutual connection.