6 Smart Ways To Use Social Media In Your Job Search
Along with the traditional resume, a well-written cover letter, and an impressive handshake, social media is an absolutely crucial component to a productive and successful job search. In today’s job market, your online presence should amount to more than an email address and a photo of you flipping burgers at a backyard barbecue, since recruiters in ever-growing numbers are using sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to source applicants for specific jobs and post employment opportunities. So what are some ways you can effectively use social media in your job search? Here are just six to consider.
- LinkedIn, sometimes referred to as "Facebook with a tie," is the most popular social networking site for job seekers and recruiters alike. Even if you’re employed, creating and maintaining a solid LinkedIn profile can help you stay abreast of developments in your industry and expand your professional network. While LinkedIn is the No. 1 choice for recruiters seeking potential job candidates and building a company’s brand, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter continue to develop useful tools for professionals looking for work.
- free or inexpensive online tools to update all of your profiles and websites at the same time. If you have a profile or blog that’s just sitting there, delete it.
- Facebook’s (which can be confusing), in order to maintain control of who can and can’t see your profile or profiles.
- dynamic resumes designed to tout you and your unique talents. Check out prezi.com for cloud-based presentation software that allows users to create animated resumes that spell out the multiplicity of your skills and interests.
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