It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re looking for a job. After all, hiring managers today receive hundreds of resumes for the positions that they post and the unemployment numbers across the nation do not inspire confidence. But you do have a tool that job seekers of the past lacked: You can run a social media job search to find your new position.
The rise of social media sites such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn give you an advantage. By using these sites properly, you dramatically increase your odds of landing new work this year.
Here’s how to get a job by using social media:
Spread the Word That You’re Looking for Work
The biggest advantage of social media sites is that they allow you to quickly communicate with a large number of people. Depending on the number of followers or friends you have at these sites, you can instantly tell hundreds of people that you are looking for work.
That’s a powerful tool. Your online friend from college might e-mail you back saying that she knows of a co-worker who is moving to a new job. This might leave an open position that’s perfect for you. A former boss might write back to say that he’s recommended you to a manager at a company two towns over, a company that is looking to expand.
The more people you inform about your job search, the more likely you are to receive hot tips on finding new work.
Target the Right People
The best job search also involves targeting the right people. Through LinkedIn and other social media sites, you can communicate directly with business leaders, past bosses, former co-workers, and past college professors, all of whom might have the connections you need to gain that all-important job interview.
The best way to land a job today is still through networking. Social media lets you network in minutes.
Follow the Right People
Don’t forget, either, to follow workers, managers, and executives who are working at the companies that you have targeted. If possible, engage these people in online conversations. As you get to know them better, you might learn important information about the companies at which you’d most like to work. One of your new online contacts might mention that his company is expanding. Anther might write about a trusted colleague who is retiring. Both items should be of interest to you in your job search.
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