It is that time of the year when I, yet again, start to think more intently about my future and what I am going to do in order to find a job that I love. With this in mind, I thought that it was appropriate to post about how social media can help in finding a job and connecting with businesses. I found an article that talks specifically of this idea.
On October 19, 2012, Dubai Chronicles wrote an article titled, “How to use social media to find a job.” This article gives tips and techniques in how to do so. Many businesses use social media to find new employees and to determine who is right for the job. Social media is an important way to find employees because you can understand a candidate’s qualifications, interests, and ambitions in a way that you can’t always find out in a personal interview.
If it is the other way around and you are the one searching for the job, there are a couple things that you can do to make sure that your social media sites get noticed. Four steps include: creating a professional email, registering with LinkeIn, and building a network of contacts, and being active.
Creating a professional email looks good to the businesses your are seeking and it looks like you know what you are doing. This new email should include your full name in the address. This will make you easily recognizable and people will not have any problems getting a hold of you. The signature of your new email should include, a handwritten signature, a phone number, a website, and a blog.
LinkedIn is a platform that was created specifically for this reason, for employers to connect with future employees and vice versa. This will show your previous work, your potential, and most importantly, your personality.
Connect with people with the same interests as you, your ex-colleagues, and some businesses you want to work for. Keep these contacts and talk often in order to create a relationship that will help you throughout the rest of your career.
According to this article, being active is the most important advice. If you are posting on blogs and getting involved in job discussions, you will get noticed.
This was a great article to read. I am already doing a couple these things but I need to step it up. I think it is important to get involved and make sure my future employers can see what I do and that I am different from everyone else. I think that network connections are the most important things to have, especially in any communication based industry. If you have someone that you can reach out to and ask for his or her help, it makes all the difference. Also, if you have those relationships present on your LinkedIn, businesses who know that name will see that and get in contact with you.