For the pas two years, social media has been a trending topic among everyone willing to voice an opinion. As we mentioned in a previous blog post, social media can help you in your job search. In this article, we go into specific ways of using social media to get a job.
If you want social media to work for you in your job search then you should endeavor to follow the following tips:
Use Social Media to Show Your Skills
You know the type of job that you want. Do you have skills that would enable you secure those jobs? Then use the social networks to show your skills. Several job seekers have been able to get an easier route into the job market when someone noticed their work from social networks like Facebook, Twitter etc
Let’s say you are a programmer. Why not go to a social network like Quora and answer questions on your field that would show your expertise. Several people have gotten freelance and even fulltime jobs using this strategy.
Use Social Media to Network
Don’t forget the network in social networking. You should use social networks as a means of getting to know people in your field. Twitter is a good way of doing this. When you are known by the people that matter, you would find it easier to get a job from them.
Use Social Media to Create a Personal Brand
This is similar to the first point. You should utilize social media to build an image or reputation that would benefit you in your job search. Employers frequently check your Facebook profile, twitter profile, Klout profile before they take employment decisions. So you should make your social media pages sing praises for you so that you would be perceived as a good hire by prospective employers.
Use Social Media to Get To Know Your Employers
Imagine you have gone through two stages of a recruitment process and you are faced with a final make-or-break interview. In the middle of the interview, the hiring manager asks you “What do you know about our company?”
Well, you can stand out from other candidates if you do more than regurgitate what is on the website of the company. By following them on social networks and taking part in the conversations about the products and services of the company, you can make a good impression with the information you would give while answering the question above.
This means that you should have checked the company’s Facebook page, connected with them on linkedin and followed them on twitter. That way, you would be able to make a serious impression with them.
What social media strategies can you recommend? Let us know in the comments.