Navigating the job market is challenging. Nowadays, job-hunters have to contend with various career search engines, websites, networking events, job boards, social media groups, etc. You would be forgiven for wanting to return to an easier time when all you had to do was consult the listings in your local newspaper.
But today’s multifaceted job market also has many benefits. Skilled, experienced candidates have an excellent opportunity to build a career that fits closely with their values and interests. With many companies opting to recruit employees on sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, social media has a significant role to play.
This blog post will show you exactly how to leverage social media platforms to supplement your job search and find the perfect opening!
LinkedIn is the most important social media site for job seekers. Most large companies have a presence on the platform, and many actively use it to find new employees.
Searching for jobs on LinkedIn requires a two-pronged approach. On the one hand, it’s essential to create an engaging profile that appeals to recruiters and head-hunters. On the other hand, you should actively consult job listings and even reach out to companies you like that aren’t actively hiring.
Here are some practical tips for getting the most out of LinkedIn:
There’s a good chance you’ll receive multiple offers on LinkedIn! Don’t be afraid to turn down recruiters, and, if you do receive a proposal you like, always be ready to negotiate on salary, hours, benefits, etc.
As a final point, it’s worth considering taking a LinkedIn Premium membership, at least for when you’re actively looking for work. Membership has several benefits, including “InMail,” which allows you to reach out to prospective employers. You’ll also be able to see who has viewed your profile.
Facebook is second only to LinkedIn when it comes to finding jobs. Facebook has many groups dedicated to advertising openings, its career search engine, and the broadest reach of any network on the web.
Here are the three main ways you can use Facebook to find work:
Although employers do not as widely use it as LinkedIn and Facebook, Twitter is still useful as a job-hunting tool. Companies that take a more informal approach to filling open positions will often use Twitter to connect with candidates.
Twitter’s messaging features also allow to reach out to specific individuals responsible for hiring when other channels have failed.
Here are some tips for using Twitter when you’re looking for a job: