Job searching can be a difficult and frustrating experience. With today’s plethora of job search options, it can be difficult to even know where to start, let alone how to make yourself stand out against dozens of other job applicants. One of the things you can do to set yourself above the rest is to use social media in your job search.
Here are a few of the ways you can do that.
1. Build your professional profile online.
LinkedIn is a social media platform designed specifically for professional connections. If any employer does a LinkedIn search attempting to fill the newest job posting, your name may pop up. In addition, you can include the link on any job applications or resumes, so if they want to find out more of your many qualifications, they can follow that link and see what you have set up for yourself.
2. Use job search apps.
Applications such as Layar on the iPhone allow you to view open positions at companies near your location, which is an excellent time saver if you’re searching for a job in a specific neighborhood or in a
city you’re not as familiar with. Other apps, like CareerBliss and Real-Time Jobs, allow you to easily read professional listings and apply on their website. Traditional paths are not the only way to find jobs now.
3. Create a video resume.
Pull together a short video explaining your qualifications and experience and post it on a video website such as YouTube. This move will separate you from other job applicants, as it is a unique and unusual way of approaching the question. You don’t have to have expensive camera equipment to film a good video resume, but you do have to make sure you come across as personable, experienced and
4. Connect with people.
For each company you are interested in working with, try starting up a conversation with them on Twitter or their Facebook page. If you can find the name of their hiring director, you might be able to strike up a friendship with him or her over the Internet before you even ask them if there’s a job position open. The more you and the company are on friendly terms, the better.
5. Advertise yourself.
Using Google AdWords, LinkedIn ads or Facebook social ads, you can actually create an advertisement for yourself. Any potential employers who read your resume and do a Google search for your name will find these ads, which will tell them more about who you are. The more you can advertise yourself in a positive, job-centered way across the Internet, the more likely it is that a company will see that and be
Incorporating social media into your job search gives you access to new opportunities, sets you apart from the crowd, and allows you to get comfortable with using technology to further your personal brand. Start using some of these web-based tools today and make your job search more productive.
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