For those of you who remember when job search simply required opening up the huge “help wanted” section in the newspaper- remember how frustrated you felt when you had to look for work on the job boards?
Today’s Sunday “help wanted” section is almost non-existent. The transition from newspaper to online job postings was a shock and something you had to adjust to. But now, you need to learn new ways to find jobs.
If you’ve been knocking social media or at least hesitant to figure it out, you may face a similar shock when you find out that 92% of companies either have or will be using social networks to recruit. This is according to Jobvite’s most recent study.
Many thanks to John Zappe’s post on ERE.net which drew my attention to Jobvite’s study back in 2011! Here’s the link: More Employers Than Ever Recruit on Social Networks
If you are already on Facebook, learn how to use it and lock it down! Here’s how recruiters are using Facebook for job search. But if you aren’t on Facebook yet, just focus on LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is, by far, the best tool to connect with people professionally. As you can see from the Jobvite survey, 87% of companies are using it to recruit new hires. (And not always necessarily in the overt form of job postings!)
Stop putting it off. Start today building your online professional network so you won’t feel left out or left behind.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.