Social Networking and the Job Search

Social Networking and the Job Search

Finding a job can feel a lot like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack in even the best of situations. It’s a process that’s evolved over the years making it easier for people to apply for the jobs that are available, meaning there is more competition for the limited supply of jobs.

Let People Know You’re Seeking Employment

Depending on your circumstances, social networking platforms make it easy to tell others you’ re looking for new employment. Of course, this isn’t necessarily wise if you’ re currently employed as that may jeopardize your employment situation, it is a useful tool for those who are entering the job market for the first time or are currently unemployed to announce the search.

Network with People in Your Industry

Social networking, after all, is about building networks. LinkedIn, in particular, is about building business networks rather than social ones, but the others work well for getting to know other human beings in your industry and giving them an opportunity to know you. It also gives you a platform for sharing your knowledge and contributing to industry-related conversations on the Internet.

Use Social Networks to Present a Person and not Just a Name on the Page

Sending out resumes places you in the sea of paper. Standing out in a sea of faceless names is difficult. This is why social networks, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, are becoming instrumental tools in the job search process. They give you a face and an opportunity to make an impression long before the interview process begins.

To maximize the effect of your social networking job search efforts, keep your messages positive, your image clean, and present yourself as someone who would be pleasant to work with so that your social network acquaintances will want to recommend you for jobs when there are openings in their companies.