As you may or may not know at this point, networking is everything in your job search! With the creation and utilization of social media for business purposes over the years, it is playing a pivotal role in the way that we search and accept new positions. If social media for business purposes is a new search tool for you, don’t be worried! There are so many easy and innovative ways to use social media in your job search while still having fun and showing employers who you really are!
1. Create a Professional Profile
Before the creation of social media, most companies would run extensive background checks on their potential candidates before inviting them in for an interview or signing a contract with the company. In current day, many companies still do that, but it’s much more common for them to snoop through your social accounts first. Therefore, make sure that your profiles are cleaned up and ready for this to happen. Make sure you look like a responsible candidate and serious about taking on a new job or career. It is very important to employers that you have a professional profile for a professional job opportunity.
2. Be Social!
The whole point of having social profiles is to be actively social on them! Engage with companies, people, products, and brands that interest you. This will help potential employers get an even better idea of the person you are, what you are interested in and your overall personality. Social media says more about us than we think it does!
3. Follow the Right People.
Whether you are setting up your social accounts for the first time or are an old pro at it, make sure you go through your history and are following the right people. For instance, if there is a company you desperately want to work for, do some research and follow their employees online. This will help you learn more about them as they are learning about you. After all, finding a job is a two way street, you want to be just as comfortable with them as they are with you.
4. Ask Questions!
Don’t be afraid to ask questions! There are so many experts who play a huge role in social media and love to engage with people who are yearning to be exposed to their wealth of information. In most cases, it is easier to reach these people via social media than it is calling their office or sending an email, so don’t hesitate!
5. Learn to Use Hashtags
So many people make fun of hashtags, but they really are an important tool in using social media for a purpose. Hashtags are used to properly tag the bit of information that you are sending out into the social media world so that people can use them as a search tool. They work similarly on social media the way you would plug a search term into a Google search. So think before you tweet!
It may take some time and getting used to, but before you know it, you will be kicking your traditional job searching ways to the curb and hopping on the social media bandwagon!