The news stories are intimidating, especially during this holiday season: They imply that no one is hiring today. But this simply isn’t true. By conducting a social media job search, you can land your dream career.
Yes, the competition for new jobs is fierce today; that’s what happens when there are roughly 13 million unemployed U.S. residents looking for jobs at the same time. But thanks to social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, you can conduct your best job search, one designed to increase your odds of landing your best possible career.
Building Online Contacts
Thanks to social media sites, you can quickly reach out to everyone from former co-workers and bosses to former college professors, old classmates who happen to work in your field, as well as friends and family members. Any of these contacts, whom you can connect quickly to through a Facebook post or a LinkedIn message, might know of a company nearby that is hiring, a co-worker who is leaving her job or a hiring manager looking to avoid the classifieds and interview only the most talented people in his field.
Such contacts are invaluable in your efforts to search for a job. And making them is easier than ever thanks to social media sites.
The Professional Social Media Marketer
The key, though, is to conduct a social media job search that presents you in the most professional light possible. This means that you’ll have to clean up your Facebook posts to make sure that you’re not bragging about your drinking prowess or complaining about your significant other’s persistent snoring. It also means combing through past Tweets to make sure you haven’t disparaged anyone’s religion or government party. You never know when a flip Tweet will tick off the person hiring for the position that’s perfect for your work skills.
A Social Media Job Search
If you’re looking for a new job or a new career, don’t forget to tap into the power of social media. Even a brief online exchange with your neighbor can yield results. That neighbor may deliver copier paper to an accounting firm that’s looking for someone with your skill sets. In today’s competitive job search, every connection matters.
If you need help mastering the intricacies of Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter, consider signing up for our Get Hired Boot Camp. Our career counselors can provide you with plenty of tips to fuel your social media job search.