It is the information age we live in and because of the internet and social media the world has come quite closer than it as 10 years ago. Social networking is all the rage right now and it has led to the formation of an array of ways to get things done over the internet. In fact, using social media to search for jobs or even getting interviewed, for that matter, is as easy as tapping and swiping a few times over a smart phone. With just a few tips you can be in control of your application and other processes thereon.
Firstly. You need to understand that Social Media has now become one of the main review points for background checks done on any applicant. You communication skills, resume facts, attitude and knowledge expressed on online public forums, all of it will be reviewed to the core. So before you apply or search for a job online, make sure our social networking profiles over Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are clean and presentable.
You can very smartly use social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to search and apply for a job. Here are a few tips on how to use social media to search for jobs:
- Go all out and announce it over your network. Yes, the best way to start searching for a job online is by broadcasting the fact that you are on the hunt and are available online. Just a quick message stating that you are on the look-out for a job, along with a few URLs to previous work if it is available online and add a short link to your LinkedIn. For those unaware of what a short-link is, check out bitly
- Post a message on job search groups on Facebook along with your LinkedIn URL. These groups are full of people like you who are on the lookout, and like them you will too receive some or the other feedback.
- If possible, look up the hiring manager’s profile online as this will give you some idea of what the manager expects from an individual in an interview. So design your cover letter based on this information and you just might increase your chances of getting through.
- When mailing resumes online, make sure that apart from your mobile phone number, you hyperlink your twitter and LinkedIn profiles, just in case you are not available over phone you could be contacted alternatively.
- Connect with your interviewers online, retweet their tweets or comment on their blog, anything to confide in them a feeling of fellowship, making your way clear to getting the job.
- When you Google your name, if you don’t like what you see, how can you expect the HR to even shortlist you. The best way to get a hold of this is by staying active online, especially your LinkedIn. Make sure you fill out every last detail it asks you and add appropriate information which is search-engine-friendly.
- In Twitter, look for industry chats with #careerchat #jobsearchchat, these are online conversations pertaining to categorized industries. Join the ones that interest you and participate. This will get you highlighted and the chances of you being approached for an interview upfront are increased.