Social media is rapidly gaining popularity and it is expanding its uses. It has been mainly used for establishing personal relationships, but now is becoming strong in establishing professional relationships; so much so, that employers have started using it to recruit potential candidates.
Nowadays, pretty much everybody has at least one profile in a media platform. So, why not use social media to your advantage to increase the possibilities of getting the desired job?
There are some useful tips that you could apply to find jobs through the social media:
1- Create a social profile
The first thing you should do is to create a profile in each of the most well-known media platforms such as Linked-in, Facebook and Twitter. By creating your profile in several platforms, you multiply the possibilities of being seen by an employer.
2- Tell everyone you are looking for a job
Do not be ashamed of telling your contacts that you are jobless. You will be amazed to see how fast your contacts can recommend you to other friends who can later contact you for a job offer. Also, employers can read your status and become interested in your profile for a position that needs immediate availability.
3- Share your personal interests and skills
Employers research for potential candidates through filters based on people’s profiles. So, make sure your profile clearly states which are your professional skills and your personal interests. It would be nice if you try to be creative in the description in order to make it more appealing. The key is to make yourself memorable!
4- Keep yourself updated
It is useful not only to keep your profile updated, but also to keep yourself updated with the latest improvements in the social media. This will allow you to better use this tool into your advantage. Try to avoid accepting updates that you are not really sure of the impact that they may have on your profile as you might end up revealing information you would like to keep private. For example, at our company we use Linked-In Business Job Seeker Plus for Recruiters and we can see all your public information in detail, what you follow, what you share, your history comments, etc. Also, there are now tools online that can monitor all your action in the Internet to automatically define your personal profile.
5- Mind the image you portray
There are times that information that could be funny for your friends, at the same time, could discourage employers from hiring you. That is why, always be careful with what you post or upload on your profiles. Profiles are a reflection of your personality and you may send the wrong message without even noticing. But, do not hide too much information either as it could seem a bit suspicious. Bear in mind that the social media is used for passive hunting, so your profile might be at watch even though you are not currently looking for a job.
6- Search for the right company
Through the media platforms you can find the companies you would like to work for and find about their interests, likes, dislikes and job hunts. It would be a good idea to follow them; however, it would not be advisable to follow many companies at the same time as it would appear on your profile and would not be well seen. Try to only follow the ones you would like to become a part of and keep updated on what they are currently doing; you never know when a new position may arise.
Let the social media job hunt begin!
Guest Post by Cristian Rennella Co-Founder of oMelhorTrato.com Seguros Online the leading aggregator in Latin America working from Córdoba Argentina.
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Category: Personal Branding