So you are ready to start using social media for your job search. You’ve decided that you can risk a little of your privacy. What will you do first to begin building your personal brand and managing your online visibility?
Using Social Media for Your Job Search
This post is regularly updated to make sure you use the best social media for your job search!
Social media can help you expand your reach and network. The more people that know about you (or can find you) the better! Every platform has advantages so I’ve outlined some of the best ways to use each platform. These aren’t just tips to use during job search. Ideally, you should start building your online brand BEFORE you need a new job. It just might result in job opportunities coming to you!
You’re Stuff Is Already Out There
Because the web is already curating information about you, you better see what happens when you search for your name. Google yourself. You want the RIGHT stuff to appear on page one! Go search for your name. I’ll wait here.
Master LinkedIn First
There’s no need to go wild dabbling with every social platform. Figure out how to get the most out of LinkedIn first. This is one of the more important social media platforms for your career.
Read this if you are Not Sure How to Get Started with LinkedIn?
Then use this 20 point checklist to make your LinkedIn profile a magnet for hiring managers and recruiters.
Now, make your LinkedIn profile feel more like an online portfolio.
But whatever you do, don’t ask someone to connect like this
Stay on your network’s radar by updating your status. Here are ideas on what to say.
If you’re a recent college graduate, check out these tips and resources.
And don’t forget, everyone can find and connect with alumni using this feature.
Twitter Isn’t Stupid
If you want to expand your social experience, please allow me to recommend Twitter (one of my favorite tools!).
Build your profile and have a plan is all it takes to start using Twitter.
Twitter is great for stalking, connecting and researching.
You Are Already on Facebook, right?
If you aren’t, I am not suggesting you start. But can you at least ask yourself if should you be on Facebook if you are looking for a job? Here’s how to prepare your Facebook profile for job search. Facebook could be your ticket to a new job!
How about a little Google+
Not to overwhelm you, but this little platform could possibly have the greatest capabilities for long-term networking!
Should you jump on Google+ for your job search? You be the judge after you read what it is capable of!
If you decide you are going to join, then see what makes a good Google+ profile.
Now you can begin adding people to your network (they call it circles)
There’s so much to do and so little time. You will want to weigh your investment of time. Curious about other ways to build a name for yourself? You can see some of the other social bells and whistles available to job seekers in this slideshow!
Pinterest Can Be Your Portfolio
Consider Pinterest a spot where you can post all the articles and information about you. Make is easy for a recruiter or hiring manager to learn about you!
Here are some examples of Pinterest boards that brand individuals.
Pitch your qualifications to a company who is active on Snapchat like this job seeker did!