Tired of spending endless time searching for jobs and then not hearing anything back? Frustrated by a failure to get noticed in a crowded field?
Break out of “normal” job seeker mode. Be one of the first in your industry to embrace social media tools. Become a sought-after resource.
Along the way, you may just meet some interesting people! The key is knowing what online tools are on the rise and how to use proven social media tricks to advance your career.
1. Add Bling to LinkedIn
Your LinkedIn profile can support embedded files and media. This means that you can upload PowerPoint, Excel and Word files under a job in your “Experience” section. Or show samples of your work to prove you have the necessary skills for future jobs. Better yet, add video or pictures to your summary to highlight your career successes. Adding media content to your profile will instantly catch someone’s eye and help differentiate you from similar professionals.
Related: Learn how to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Media Rich.
2. Spice Up Your Facebook Bio
Beef up your Facebook profile by adding work history, interests and skills. This might just help you show up in a hiring professional’s search results or gain the attention of one of your Facebook friends. Consider it an opportunity to publicize your marketable assets and hirable qualities. Though many consider Facebook to be a personal networking site, that hasn’t stopped recruiters from using it to source talent. By the way, Facebook is great for job search.
3. Try a Twitter Chat
Twitter chats, basically online Q&A sessions, include a hashtag keyword to indicate the discussion thread. These chats attract people who are interested in learning and chatting about topics ranging from advertising to wine.
For example, if you’re interested in workplace and leadership discussions, #WorkTrends runs on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. EST. For job search conversation and advice, join in Fridays at noon EST for #OMCchat. Investigate the many Twitter chats on TweetReports.com to find the one that’s right for you.
The best way to get started with a Twitter chat is to observe one by following the hashtag on Twitter. Observe the format and what people are saying. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it and understand how that chat works, jump in by sharing your own thoughts or share a tweeted response you like. Be sure to follow up after the Twitter chat with people you interacted with during the chat. This is how you build your network and expand the potential reach about who you are and what you do.
4. Join or Host a Live Stream Event
“Live Stream” means the event is live and shared by an Internet-based camera. Popular applications that host live stream events include blab.im, Periscope, Meerkat and now Facebook.
These applications provide both live video and a chat function. Participants can ask questions or share comments in the dialog box. You can also see the profiles of people watching the event and some you may be interested in following. To spread the word about your talent, you could host your own talk show or interview industry influencers.
5. Share Career Related Photos on Instagram
You may already have a personal Instagram account, but have you thought about how you can use your account to share personal and professional content?
When sharing a photo or video, add your thoughts and several hashtags to lure the right audience. For instance, you could also tag company accounts you’re following in your posts. You may decide to create a campaign where you share visuals from your portfolio with the hashtag #HireMe.
Instagram can be a brand-building tool for people interested in managing their career trajectory. Share photos of you speaking at events, winning awards, volunteering or participating in company events. These images provide a glimpse of what’s important to you while helping you stand out.
6. Tell Your Story on Snapchat
Given its fast growth among younger users, Snapchat, a picture and video sharing application, is becoming popular among businesses and marketing professionals. Despite it’s reputation for disappearing messages, not all messages instantly self-destruct.
The Snapchat Stories feature will allow a series of snaps to last for 24 hours. As an active job seeker, you can use it to talk about your qualifications for a job after you’ve applied, share a day-in-the-life of what you do at work or use it as a video blogging platform to talk about issues in your field of work. You can deliver instant news from a conference or event you attend.
Here’s one example of how one job seeker used SnapChat. If you are already using Snapchat, you may have even more creative ideas on how to use Snapchat for your job search.
Your purpose in trying any of these tricks on social media platforms is to get attention… the right kind of attention.
They are designed to help build awareness of you, create searchable online content and build a reputation for being a subject matter expert or thought leader. They may help meet new people and/or to build new skills. You may even win points for creativity and ingenuity if you tailor your message to your ideal employer.
Most important, these social media tricks will help you break your job search rut… and stand out in a crowded field.
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About the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa, and follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!