Most of us use social media for lots of different things. We may keep in touch with friends, support worthwhile causes or follow the latest celebrity gossip.
But, did you know, social media can help you find a job too? Follow these six tips to boost your job hunt with LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and more.
1. Clean Up Your Accounts
According to a 2018 survey, 70 percent of employers check candidates’ social media accounts before hiring. In other words, that embarrassing picture your friend posted could cost you a job. Before you begin your employment search, google your name and remove anything that could be offensive. If you’re not sure what counts, check out our blog post: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting on Social Media.
2. Create and/or Complete Your LinkedIn Profile
Hiring managers are looking for reasons to hire you as well as reasons not to hire you. LinkedIn is a perfect place to add all the information you couldn’t fit on your resume. This may include internships, additional jobs, licenses & certifications, volunteer experience, skills & endorsements and recommendations. Here’s your chance to show your potential employer you are an even better candidate than they originally thought.
3. Follow Organizations of Interest
Many businesses post job openings directly on their social media pages. If you are thinking about working for a certain company, like or follow their page. Not only will you be among the first to know about possible opportunities, but also, you’ll be able to learn more about the organization and its culture along the way.
4. Job Search Directly on Social Media Sites
LinkedIn and Facebook both have built-in job search capabilities. Look for the LinkedIn jobs icon (a briefcase) at either the top or bottom of your screen, while Facebook Jobs (also a briefcase icon) shows up under the side-bar navigation. On Twitter and Instagram use hashtags, such as #NowHiring and #Jobs, to discover openings.
5. Make the Most of Your Network
Knowing someone at an organization can help you get your foot in the door. Grow your network by connecting with people online and by following industry experts. As a best practice, be sure to send a personalized message with any LinkedIn invitations.
6. Highlight Your Skills on Your Social Media Accounts
Finally, social media channels are a wonderful place for you to showcase your talents. Demonstrate your strong written communication skills and your knowledge of the industry through thoughtfully composed LinkedIn or Twitter posts. Or, display your creative side on Pinterest or Instagram. This is a clever (and authentic) way to further sell your skillset.
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