Finding a job in today’s economy can be tough, yet there are opportunities if you know where to look.
Many vacancies are filled without using formal advertising methods. These positions are often filled through recommendations or referrals from someone the employer trusts. Networking is using your contacts to connect with potential employers. Your network of friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances is the most valuable job search resource you have at your disposal. People are now using social media to maintain and create new networks.
Using Social Media
- Most professionally orientated site
- Used by HR professionals
- Helps build network of valuable contacts
- Join Groups such as Alumni, professional associations or industry specific groups
- Recommend and also get recommendations
- Basic accounts are free of charge
- Put up a profile
- Status update – looking for a job.
- Be careful what you post, always stay professional, do not criticise bosses or colleagues
- Facebook can be a source of jobs or leads
- Follow posts of who you’re targeting; companies and,or individuals
- Follow your next employer – target a specific company, helps to understand company culture
- Companies post jobs on Twitter
- Keep Twitter updates professional