How to Use Social Media to Get Your Dream Job

How to Use Social Media to Get Your Dream Job

Looking for a job can be useless and irritating, especially if one is all over the place having no certain target or goal. Nowadays young specialists of various fields are recruited via social media as in Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn based on their personal and professional profiles.

Basically, such social mediums have become means for advertising companies, brands, products or services on one hand while people capable of sustaining a job individually exhibit personal skills and experience trying to get the attention.

Today it takes more than just talent to find a job or get noticed for a position. Various companies are hiring social media experts to hunt for promising agents to fill vacancies and new opening positions through Facebook, LinkedIn and mostly Twitter.

Nonetheless, for people who are seeking for a job opportunity it works just as fine. Companies keep posting job openings, internships and other opportunities on their pages everyday therefore instead of wandering around empty handed one would have to be attentive towards online postings. Personalizing your profile data in making them precise, direct and short, friendly yet not to wordy would be the next essential step.

Social networks allow all parties involved to better search for and reach their target. Appearing job friendly on any of these social mediums is an explicit and distinctive maneuver hence one ought’s to wisely follow some unwritten hints.

Segregation

If you already have accounts on the three aforementioned mediums learn how to get the best out of them. Firstly, separate your personal life from the professional one, meaning try to use each medium for a different benefit.

  • Facebook

Facebook is more of a personal virtual habitat where you keep in touch with friends and acquaintances in and out of the country. People share all kinds of stuff on Facebook, personal preferences on arts, ideologies and lifestyles, critical thinking and political opinions and even very intimate details of their lives like pictures of a recently born child or pictures of a crazy night out aftermath, vomiting or passed out on the doorsteps.

All in all, Facebook profile is not the smartest resume while job hunting. However, a high percentage of companies worldwide have their personal page on Facebook where they share everything there is to know about their products or services. From time to time they even post job openings on the same page before even hitting the newspapers or other mediums. This way you get to be updated every time there is something on the market that would interest you and also if eventually you make it till the interview you definitely know where to start researching to impress your employer.

  • LinkedIn

This medium is strictly business. Try to tailor your profile in that way that it is not overly crowded with all kinds of information, meaningless short-lived jobs in the past or overly-qualified skills which you are unable to perform.

Target positions you think you’d be irreplaceable and according to the requirements send the person in charge a very personal yet never needy invitation to join your profile.  Before contacting the employer, do a meticulous background check on the company and the employees to get e general hint on what they are looking for.

If you are looking for a job, come up with a short and concise text about your professional skills and interests in the future and send it to all of your contacts. Again, try to sound firm, genuine and definitely not desperate. When the word gets out it will travel in the thin air from a friend to a friend of a friend and so on, one never knows who might contact us.

  • Twitter

Twitter is somewhat of a combination of both formal and easygoing, a dangerous and thrilling mixture of business and pleasure. People tend to see twitter as the real deal, all the data gathered in one personal profile that is the reflection of a person’s life.

Twitter connects people from different parts of the world based on same or similar interests which makes the conversations vivid and easier to start. Sharing thought and ideas with people that feel same way about certain issues leads to quality time and great possibilities to cooperate.

The great thing about twitter is that once you post something, like a job offering or request in seconds it goes viral and you get all kinds of responses.

If we decide to trust and use social media when hunting for a job there are a few finesses one should consider.
Internet doesn’t forget easily so being picky about the data you want to share with the world is a must. Avoid mixing your personal profile with the professional one; you don’t want your future employee getting the wrong impression over a meaningless stupidity in the past.

I am not implying that on shouldn’t have his time off to go crazy and release some steam once in a while yet it doesn’t necessarily mean that the whole world should be a witness.

Highlight your current position

Don’t underestimate the power of advertisement, highlight your position as unemployed every chance you get and most importantly hyperlink your field of expertise. Indirectly mention it on other relevant posts on the subject so people can notice it. Careful not to abuse the space otherwise people might think there is something wrong with you or your work.

Prioritize

If you are using the three of them, bold I reckon, use them differently i.e., use Facebook to hunt for groups and pages of interest, LinkedIn for job posts and job offers and Twitter for hashtags with job tweets.

Become a blogger

Blogging is an intelligent way to allure persons of interest. Short and meaningful blogs on various matters can be seen as beneficial criticism towards a system, service or a simple product so depending on the perspective companies might find your point of view innovative and useful. Try to be straightforward, eloquent and objective at most, none wants a crybaby on their team.

Join Chats on a matter of interest

Whenever your eyes catch an open debate for something you think you are qualified to discuss do not hesitate to jump in. Remember the three golden rules.

  • Conversation
  • Curation
  • Creation
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I'm Juliane from New York, US. I studied Journalism at Emerson College and now I'm student a blogger at Studyblog.org sharing my travel and study abroad experience.

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