You use Facebook and Twitter to share pictures of your family’s trip to Florida, inform everyone of what a great time you had at the AC/DC reunion concert and how committed you are to your new exercise and healthy-eating program. But do you know how to job search with social media?
Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook Job Hunting
If you don’t, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to boost your chances of making a successful professional job change.
With social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+, you can instantly communicate with your hundreds – or maybe thousands – of followers by sending out single, short messages. This is great for communicating with friends and family members. But it’s even better for doing the same with your network of business contacts. And it is this network that can help you in your career search.
Conducting the Social Media Job Search
Here’s how a social media job search works: First, you make sure to inform your contacts on LinkedIn, Facebook, and the rest of your social media sites that you are looking to make a job change. Then you stay in touch with these contacts regularly, asking them about possible job openings, requesting their job search advice, and picking their brains – virtually – about the companies at which you’d most like to work.
The results of a social media job search can be powerful. Your online business contacts might know of a job opening in your field that hasn’t yet hit the online job boards or newspaper classified sections. They might know of a manager at a rival company who is retiring, leaving a potential job opening for you. If you’re really lucky, one of your business associates might even be looking to hire some workers directly.
Letters of Recommendation
You can also rely on social media sites to request letters of recommendations from your business associates. You might even reconnect with a former co-worker or boss who’s willing to make a personal phone call on your behalf to recommend you to an associate who’s looking to hire new consultants or managers.
In short, if you don’t know how to job search through the most popular social media sites, you’re not running the most effective job hunt possible.
If you need help with a social media job search, be sure to sign up for our Get Hired Bootcamp. We can teach you how to best tap into the power of social media to boost your chances of closing a successful career search this year.