Where to Search for Jobs? Social Media is Crucial

Get Hired Fast - where to search for jobsDo you know where to search for jobs today? Increasingly, your chances of finding employment rest with social media, sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

The reality is a growing number of companies are finding their next employees by scouring these social media sites. If you want to attract their attention, you need to be conducting a professional job search that includes these important sites.

The Social Media Difference

Social media sites give you a big advantage in your job search: They’ll let you more easily crack the hidden job market.

This market is where the jobs that aren’t advertised on Craigslist or your local newspaper’s classified section hide. And because these positions aren’t as widely advertised, you’ll face far less competition when applying to them.

But how do you find these jobs? You’ll have to network. And social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook allow you to do this more easily than ever.

Social Media Networking

To start your social media job search, log onto your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. Tell people there that you’re looking for new work. You might be surprised at how quickly your contacts respond with potential job leads.

A former boss connected to you on LinkedIn might write back offering to introduce you to an important manager at a key company in your field. A past co-worker on Facebook might post a message informing you of an upcoming retirement at her company.

These are valuable leads, and they’re leads that aren’t being broadcast on the Web’s busiest job boards. This gives you the opportunity to act quickly, setting up those personal meetings and sending resumes and cover letters to companies that will soon have job openings.

The Next Level

That’s just the start of a social media job search, though. You also need to set yourself apart as an expert in your field. This means participating in business discussions related to your field on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts on industry trends and events. Weigh in on hiring discussions. Share your opinions on the future of your industry. The more knowledge about your industry that you share, the greater the odds that you’ll make relationships with important people in your business.

As you develop these relationships over time, the hope is that they’ll bear fruit: A manager with whom you’ve been chatting about the recent growth in your industry might recommend you for a job with his firm. Or maybe that same manager will write you a personal letter of recommendation.

In today’s challenging jobs market, every advantage helps. Social media provides you with a huge one.

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