Job Hunting With Social Media

Job Hunting With Social Media
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    Is it possible to find a job using social media? Yes, absolutely.

    And when you use social media in its broadest definition to encompass message boards, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, Twitter, and other sites, your chances of finding work may be better than the person who isn't particularly Internet savvy.

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Some employers are very specific about their job openings and post this information online. Others may make mention of general working conditions without specifying a particular opening. Either way, you get information and contacts that can help you land your next job. Here’s what to look for:

Search for keywords. You know what type of job you want and there are certain keywords to describe it and what you do. If you aren’t certain about the various titles used for the job you’re interested in, Visit O*NET Online, and look up the occupation. For example, type in “biologist” and you’ll find the following reported job titles: Scientist, Biologist, Environmental Analyst, Research Scientist, Environmental Specialist, Fisheries Biologist, Research Biologist, Aquatic Scientist, Assistant Scientist, Marine Biologist. Search for these words via social media to help you track down job opportunities.

Just follow. You’ve found a few individuals via social media that seem to be “in the know” when it comes to job openings. You don’t know this person and this person does not know you. However, if you find the person on Twitter, begin following him or her. Or, if you find this person on LinkedIn or some other site, look for his or her Twitter account. Following people on Twitter is the easiest way to connect and, if they are very public about their presence online, you’ll receive a follow back. Feel free to comment on a tweet that you like or share this information via a retweet. You’ll get noticed for your participation, providing an ideal icebreaker for you.

Your online profiles. College students and grads alike should have a stellar LinkedIn profile. Your LinkedIn page should mirror your resume and go beyond it too with a professional looking headshot, recommendations, and your skills. It should reflect your current information and be readable, polished, and free of mistakes. Similarly, your online presence elsewhere should also be professional. Even if you use some sites just for personal contacts, such as Facebook, you should know that potential employers can find and read what you have posted.

Mind your manners. You may find yourself using a variety of social media sites, any one of which can point to who you are even if you attempt to maintain anonymity. Avoid online arguments, stay away from topics that are potentially inflammatory, and know when to log off. If it is discovered that you regularly become unhinged online, it may cast doubts in a potential employer’s mind that you can handle the job.

Working Social Media

Take care that you don’t stalk people online too. That doesn’t mean you cannot follow them, but it does mean that you shouldn’t pester the individual. Social media is an important tool, but like any device it should be handled with the utmost care and decorum.

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