Modern day job hunting has changed and long gone are the days when people poured over the ‘Help Wanted’ section in their local newspaper. Today there are many new ways to research a company and contact potential employers. And while browsing WorkInTexas.com to see which employers are posting what, trolling social media sites for official and even opinion information can also provide you great job leads if used the right way.
Have you ever considered using your social networking sites for your job search? If not, you might. Employers are. Social networking is an excellent way to start looking for a job and has essentially replaced traditional networking as the most successful way to find a job. But, maybe even more importantly, employers are actively using social networking sites too, to recruit candidates and research applicants.
You may find some social networks will be more helpful than others depending on your needs. LinkedIn is an obvious (and good) choice, but also consider checking out topic or industry-related blogs, message boards and podcasts, and Twitter and Facebook are becoming more relevant job search tools every day. For more information about the top 10 most popular job networking sites, read this.
Speaking of Facebook, they recently partnered with the US Dept. of Labor, NACE, DirectEmployers Association, and NASWA to create the ‘Social Jobs Partnership’ Facebook page. The goal of this effort is to help job seekers get information, job leads, and ultimately a job, all through the use of social networks. If you haven’t been on the Social Jobs Partnership page, check it out. It might be just the resource you’re looking for.
Whichever network you choose to use, keep in mind your profile and posts need to look professional. You want your social ‘resume’ to give the impression you’re the right person for the job when a potential recruiter peers into your online footprint. And, always respond timely to employment inquiries and messages directed to you. The lead you hesitate on or ignore today could be the job you miss tomorrow.