Social media isn’t about revealing what’s going on in your personal life. (Though many use it that way.) It is about sharing information with other people. It is a tool for learning and finding people with similar interests!
This is the same definition for networking – building relationships and sharing mutually beneficial information.
Finding people with whom you have a common interest and sharing what you know is why social networks are thriving. Because we live in a highly connected world, the answers to your questions are out there somewhere. You can find the answer if you know where to look.
There are LinkedIn groups, Facebook groups, wikis, user forums, blogs and hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to share ideas and information.
Most people get it. They are using these tools to spread a message by sharing information- by providing written content and sharing their expertise.
If you want to learn more about these tools, you are going to have to teach yourself. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are some great places to learn:
LinkedIn has a Help section with tons of articles and mini videos to walk you through using the beast.
And Facebook might be just for fun for you, however, businesses are tapping into it. It makes it easy for them to push out information.
Learn more about using social media for job search here:
This is not a short-term investment. This is an investment in your future. You will, undoubtedly, be out of work again. Isn’t it time you start learning this now and begin managing your career?
Still not convinced?
If you think age discrimination is a problem now, wait until you aren’t using these tools and missing out on all the jobs being posted and shared ONLY in these places. It may just happen.
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.