Online Social Networking Key To Finding A New Job

POSTED BY SUDY BHARADWAJ ON SEP 17, 2012 IN BLOG, JOB AND CAREER NETWORKING | 5 COMMENTS

According to an infographic published recently by Jobvite, 92 percent of companies use social media profiles including LinkedIn and Twitter when recruiting job candidates. Your self-maintained biographical profiles are story-telling devices that can be the key to unlocking the door to employment, helping you interact with recruiters and hiring managers and improving your prospects of finding a job.

It’s said time and again that receiving a referral is the quickest and arguably best way to go about finding a new job. Online social networking are indeed viable tools to use then looking for job openings and referrals from your connections. In order to use online social networking to effectively find a job, there are several tools and tricks to abide by during the online job search made simple by Web 2.0.

Analyze Your Online Social Networking Reputation
In the interest of finding a new job, you should ask yourself a few questions about your social media presence and your online social networking habits and practices. Use the insights you gain to revitalize your strategy — this will make finding a job a much less daunting task than you’d previously assumed, particularly based on statistics and reports on the state of the job market.

Ponder and answer the following questions to develop an employer-friendly social media presence:

Have I directly indicated that I am interested in finding a job?
If you never overtly state that you’re unemployed, underemployed, and on the hunt for a new job, you should do so immediately! Don’t assume that members of your online social networks are aware of your career status or that they’ve seen your job search-focused posts. Make this objective known by posting references to it in your social media profiles, whether as part of a bio or a highlighted status update.

Do I paint a clear and professional picture of who I am and what my skills are?
Do some research on the successful professionals in your field. See how they present themselves online. Which social media networks do they maintain profiles on? What tone do they use in their content? How much information can you find about them through a search, and what personal details are available for public viewing?

Which mediums best convey skills and expertise given the industry or career field I desire to work in?
A graphic designer, a painter and a computer engineer will belong to very different professional organizations and social networks. Make sure that you’re a member of all sites that are relevant to your industry. But it’s not enough to belong — you must also post content often and interact with people in your network to uncover opportunities and spread the word that you’re a hirable candidate.

Make these considerations to strengthen your chances of finding a job through online social networking.

What innovations can you make to your social media profiles to be a more appealing candidate to employers? Share your thoughts below!

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