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How To Get Started Using Social Media for Your Job Search

How To Get Started Using Social Media for Your Job Search

So you are ready to use 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 managing your online reputation and visibility? How can you use social media to get a job?

You’re Schtuff Is Already Out There

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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 schtuff to appear on page one!

How To Get Started Using Social Media for Your Job Search

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.

Read this if you are Not Sure How to Get Started with LinkedIn?

Then use this 20 point check list to make your LinkedIn profile a magnet for hiring managers and recruiters.

Now, make your LinkedIn profile feel more like an online portfolio.

Now start connecting with people you know or should know using these 3 Ways to Find People on LinkedIn

But whatever you do, don’t ask someone to connect like this

Stay on your networks 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.

Start following smart people

Participate in Twitter Chats

Twitter is great for stalking, connecting and researching.

Here are 40 Twitter accounts to follow for job search tips.

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? 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.

Snapchat Anyone?

Pitch your qualifications to a company who is active on Snapchat like this job seeker did!

Why Use Social Media?

Because employers and recruiters are looking for talent on these platforms! Jobvite, CareerBuilder, CareerXroads, Silkroad have all published studies that point to a rise in social recruiting!
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  • internet marketing5 June 20, 2012, 1:07 am

    thanks for this tips Hannah.. very appreciated.. keep posting!

  • william34536 August 30, 2012, 7:46 am

    Nice post. There’s no need to go wild dabbling with every social platform. Figure out how to get the most out of LinkedIn first. thanks,

    • careersherpa August 30, 2012, 9:37 am

       @william34536 William, Absolutely agree. LinkedIn for job search should be the #1 priority. Most people are already on Facebook and don’t understand how to use if for search! Some of these other tools mentioned in the slideshow don’t take much time, so they can be great for building digital terrain!

  • RyanSearch April 14, 2013, 9:24 pm

    Leaving footprints in many worlds is always a good way to be discovered.
    Just don’t be caught naked in any of those footprints.
    @ryansearch @lagniappeleader

    • careersherpa April 15, 2013, 4:01 am

      @RyanSearch  @lagniappeleader Thanks! Don’t we all want to be discovered or at least be known for something? Why wait for someone else to create digital terrain? Each one of us has the power to do it ourself!

      • RyanSearch April 15, 2013, 8:38 am

        @careersherpa   I completely agree.