Your self-directed employment assistant

Social media is a very powerful tool that can yield many great things. You can forge connections with long lost friends, keep up with new ones, and showcase your personality and skill. It has become increasingly popular for jobseekers to utilize these various social media platforms to network with like minded individuals, connect with brands and companies they admire, search their next position of employment, and more. Read on for some ways that your social network can you help benefit you!

The very first step for you is to announce on social media that you’re looking for a job. It’s a good idea to specify what industry you’re interested in, or what your parameters are for a job. You might even want to link your resume so it’s easy to send off should you find someone who is aware of an available opportunity. Using platforms such as Facebook or Twitter allow you to go beyond your own social network. You’ll be able to form your own professional profile on Facebook that allows potential employers and contacts to only see your employment relevant updates using a tool called Facebook Lists. On Twitter you’ll be able to participate in conversations within different industries, heightening your chances of being sighted by those in your chosen career field. LinkedIn is by and large one of the most popular platforms for scoping out jobs and talent because of its professional nature. After all, anything you post online can follow you for years, especially something that could be detrimental to your being hired. Another good idea is to include your social profiles on your resume or on your website. In doing so, employers can get a better sense of what you would bring to their team and also is a great way to highlight who you are as a person. Lastly, following hashtags on Twitter like #JobSearch or #NowHiring will bring you closer to a front row seat in the arena of available employment opportunities. 

Next time you’re on your favorite social media platform, keep in mind all the ways that you can utilize it that go beyond the realm of socializing. It could even connect you to your very next job! If you want to learn more about social media and its role in employment, check out this informative resourceI found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you enjoy the warmth and eventual return of Summer. See you in June! 

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