Be Social Media Savvy for Landing a Job
Community Media of Colorado
By Jeffrey Campos
Millions of people have embraced online networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, but too few understand how much influence these sites can have in accelerating their job search and career.
In my experience, we are finding a widespread use of social media—including more playful sites like Facebook and Twitter, as well as the business-focused LinkedIn—is becoming a powerful force in many job searches
More and more people are finding jobs via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. These sites aren't changing how we look for jobs; they are simply rebooting the traditional habits of successful job hunters and making them easier.
To boost your job search you need to build a better network. While people used to pursue potential employers for their business cards at conferences and mixers, now sites like Twitter offer a better alternative. Lots of recruiters, hiring managers, and industry leaders hang out on Twitter, swapping job leads and industry updates. Share evidence of your good work in your Twitter feed to garner attention from recruiters and hiring managers. Rather than dragging your portfolio to an interview, use high traffic sites such as YouTube and Pinterest to showcase your work (Pinterest, the less known of the two, is a site in which you build a profile by pinning pictures). Recruiters increasingly search the web to look for the best candidates.
Whether you’re a consultant or looking for permanence, you’re likely to land your dream job with the following social media sites...
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