When searching for a job, it’s important to use every resource available to you. And a social media search is not only a great resource, it’s a great way to expand your reach.
You can put the word out to all your connections. Tell them about your experience, skills, and the type of position you are looking for. You will also make yourself more accessible to employers who are increasingly using social sites to look for employees.
Leveraging a Social Media Search
In the infographic below, presented by A-writer.com, you will understand the benefit of creating an effective online presence and what it can mean when you’re searching for a job.
What a social media search offers is the opportunity to network with other people. Think about changing your perspective from finding a job to finding the right connections, so your reach is much wider. Pew Research has found that almost half of job seekers believe that personal and professional contacts were their most important resource when looking for a job.
The Right Social Media Search for You
It’s probably best to start on a social media site you’re most comfortable using and to branch out from there. Then, if you don’t have one already, create a profile on a site like LinkedIn. On LinkedIn, you have the opportunity to showcase your education, talents, and experience. It also allows you to use personal testimonials. Most important, on LinkedIn you connect with other professionals through what amounts to an online resume that is out in the public domain, for all the world to see.
Once you’ve set up your profile, begin looking for friends, former co-workers and the like. The more connections you have, the more likely you are to find a job. One of your connections on your LinkedIn network may just help you to find a job. Establishing a connection at a company you would like to work at can open a door. Make sure you update your profiles as you gain new experience and accomplish new goals.
Your Social Media Presence
Having a social media presence allows you to market yourself and develop connections. You can also join discussion groups and connect to resources in your fields of interest. Even the online discussions you take part in on social sites can be revealing.
And done right, an employer looking for just the right person will be impressed enough to contact you!
Lucy Benton is a marketing specialist and business consultant who helps people to turn their dreams into a profitable business. Now she is writing for marketing and business resources. Also Lucy has her own blog Prowritingpartner.com where you can check her last publications. If you’re interested in working with Lucy, you can find her on Twitter.