4 Tips to Job Hunt Using Social Media

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If you think LinkedIn is the only social networking site to job hunt, you may be mistaken. Job seekers are often remiss in excluding popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

There are misconceptions that job seekers should be leaning toward LinkedIn to find jobs. But for companies that are more progressive, they think outside LinkedIn and have been very successful in filling positions.

Here’s a look at four ways you can job hunt on social networks.

1. Follow Companies on Facebook

If there’s a company you want to work for, be sure you “like” them on Facebook, Vitale says. When new job positions open, many companies will post it on their Facebook page, or have a tab dedicated entirely to open positions.

Companies tend to leverage Facebook to share jobs online through microsites or a tab within their company pages. Anyone who follows that brand on Facebook will be the first to know if something opens up.

2. SEO Your Facebook Profile

When Facebook’s new search tool, Graph, was introduced earlier this year, some people worried about its privacy implications. Facebook Graph does make it easier for others to find public information about you—bad if you don’t understand your privacy settings, but potentially good if you’re in the market for a new job.

I think it will take some time for recruiting to catch on to Facebook, but I know some recruiters who will be all over it. One example: A quick search of “People interested in Java who live in San Francisco” returns more than 1,000 Facebook profiles.

As more recruiters turn to Facebook to find talent, it’s important that you update your profile with relevant information. Be sure to update your education section, previous job experience, skill sets and languages you speak.

The more relevant information you pump into your profile, the better off you’ll be.

3. Search Hashtags on Twitter

Not many people consider searching Twitter when they’re looking for a new jobs, but you should.

Twitter isn’t just to tweet and share your thoughts. Technologists want to be with a progressive company, and these companies will often post open jobs on Twitter with appropriate hashtags that are easy to search.

Start by searching hashtags related to your industry and location with “#jobs” or “#jobsearch”. Try a few iterations of that search until you discover some leads.

Another plus to job searching on Twitter: It can be easier to find and connect with someone at that company.

Searching for jobs on Twitter means you literally have the most up-to-date job listings since they’re posted in real-time. If you find a job you’re interested in, reach out to whoever tweeted it. You have an advantage there because posts aren’t as anonymous as they are on job boards or LinkedIn.

4. Don’t Neglect Google+

Some people think Google+ is a flash in the pan, others are all over it. Because of Google+’s integration with its search engine, it’s important to maintain a profile on its social network.

When recruiters are looking for talent they go to Google first because it’s so easy to find people and resumes and associated sites. Because Google ranks Google+ profile pages high, it’s important to fill out yours with updated information and optimize it for your job hunt.

Hopefully, you will consider using these tips to help provide you with more avenues to landing a job.

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~ by Pete Peluso on March 12, 2013.

One Response to “4 Tips to Job Hunt Using Social Media”

  1. […] all of your bases. People have even started to use Twitter and Facebook to search for jobs, and as Pete Peluso notes, it can be easier to connect directly with someone at that company through Twitter than by […]

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