How to use social media to enhance your job search

It’s no secret that finding the right job can be difficult. For many, the toughest part is finding a connection to get your foot in the door. And that’s where social media can become one of your greatest tools.

We’ve talked before on our blog about professional networking and making your LinkedIn profile stand out (highly recommended reads if you’re searching for a new job). Today, we’re going to talk a little more about maximizing your social networks to help you find a job.

  1. Build your network: Reach out to friends, family, and former colleagues, professors, and classmates to help find connections wherever you have applied, or are going to apply, for work. We hear so many stories of qualified applicants who landed the job because they had someone inside the organization advocating for their resume to be read during the first round of the hiring process.

  2. Find organizations you are interested in: Follow Facebook pages and LinkedIn groups in your professional areas of interest. It’s a great way to generate conversations and connections with others in your industry – for support and for leads on job openings. And remember, don’t just lurk, get involved in the conversation. Plus, it’s a great way to stay current on what’s happening in the industry.

  3. Share content of your own: Make yourself stand out by engaging in the conversation…people notice if you have something intelligent or interesting to add to the mix. Just make sure to keep all comments professional. As a general rule, if you wouldn’t want your employer (or better yet, your grandmother) to read it, think again before posting it.  

And don’t forget to follow SquadBuilders on Facebook, Twitter @SquadBuilders, YouTube and LinkedIn for our Hot Job of the Week listing. You never know when the job listing you’ve been looking for will be posted to our social networks!  In addition, we regularly add job openings to our website. Simply click on your area of expertise and Job Openings will appear.  Good Luck!  #JoinTheSquad

-RV

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