In this tough market, job seekers are doing more than ever to find work. I am among this group that is searching daily for the right opportunity, and I’ve had mixed results. I have used so many techniques, but one of the few that has gotten me serious leads is utilizing social media.
There are a lot of ways to get your foot in the door at the right company, but typically, it’s about who you know. Here are some great ways to get your name out there, using your favorite websites.
If you are job hunting and your LinkedIn profile is not killer, you’re doing yourself a disservice. It is so simple to create a solid profile, but it does take time. A lot of time.
Once you have your profile completed, let your friends and followers know that you’re looking for a job. Even better, tell them exactly the type of job you are looking for. Keep it simple, but make sure people know you are searching.
Another nice thing to take advantage of is the search features available on LinkedIn. When you are applying for a job at a specific company, look up the hiring manager(s) at said company. Reaching out personally is a great way to get a slight nod over all the other applicants!
Another key is to join the right groups on LinkedIn. Being a part of the networks and actually participating in the conversations will get you noticed. It is a great thing to see people viewing your profile without you pestering them. You can do this by creating valuable content and sharing it with your LinkedIn groups.
I know that most people have gotten away from using Facebook as a job assistant. It has traditionally been viewed as more of a social network than others. Yes, brands are taking to it like wildfire, but for the most part, users are there to interact with their friends.
But do you realize that Facebook is one of your strongest networks? It is a great way to ask friends about jobs. I have had several interviews that were a result of a Facebook request. It is simple. People trust you on Facebook. They are your “friends” and want to see you succeed, typically.
Take full advantage of this simple network!
This is a relatively new platform. It is a connector for different alumni groups. I am a part of the “Badgers helping Badgers” orb, and I’ve already had a couple of opportunities to chat with thought leaders in a variety of industries.
Here is the general credo of Orb.
- You are committed to helping Badgers (Or your Alma Mater) get to the top because you want to get to the top too.
- Ask for help. It’s OK. We won’t tell anyone.
- Offer help, praise and awesome job opportunities. You’ll get influence.
- Grow the core network.
It’s such a great and simple platform that connects you with fellow alumni. I suggest to anyone searching for jobs to check out the great website!
I know that it is hard to connect with someone in 140 characters. However, if you are in an industry where your potential future boss is on the Twitter machine, you need to get on there as well.
Send a simple tweet out to said person, expressing your desires to join their staff! It is really simple, but you’d be surprised by how many people are willing to help you out!
Additionally, taking the time to peruse his/her information allows you to tailor your cover letter and resume to meet his/her needs. Remember, a twitter feed is a gold mine of personal information!
However, to really amplify your search, it helps to take pieces from each social network and fit them together to create the best possible opportunity to find a job.
Remember, it’s all about who you know, and with the ample amount of easy to find information on social networking sites, you never know who you might be connected with.