October 1, 2010
More Tips on using Social Media to Job Hunt
Social media and job hunting are new to each-other. Using social media to find a job is slowly becoming mainstream. If you have not explored job hunting options through Twitter,Facebook, LinkedIn, I have some tips for you to use.
Update your profile
Let people in your network know you are looking for work. Updating your profile is the first step. Be professional and to the point. “Web Designer looking for work in Vancouver”. Insert your own field in place of web designer. You could include how many years of experience you have as well. Updating your profile applies to all social networks, Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed, etc.
Tweak your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn.com is a valuable resource. When someone searches for your name on google one of the first things to appear is a LinkedIn profile. Be specific. Re-create your resume. If you don’t have a website a LinkedIn profile is your online resume. Have business cards printed and include your profile on them. You might say you can’t afford it, but there’s lots of services that do it inexpensively. Like http://moo.com which even prints mini business cards.
Seek out Connections in LinkedIn
Ideally people you have worked with. Volunteer organizations count as well. The ideal connection is someone who is willing to give you a recommendation. Connections with a wide network are also good for getting your name out there.
Join LinkedIn Groups & Answers
By joining groups on LinkedIn you can make it be known that your looking for work. Groups are also a place to find job postings. Rather then going through the main job board a lot of companies will post jobs in the groups. Share your knowledge. Answer questions people have, if you have the answer. LinkedIn answers is als a good place to share your knowledge.
Update your status on Facebook
Facebook is another social media site you can use for job hunting. Before you do though consider changing some of your privacy settings. Consider the content you post on facebook. Do you want potential employers to see it? If yes you can leave it as is. If no, change your privacy settings. Only allow friends to see most of your content. You can make it be known you are looking for work on facebook, and word of mouth is a great way to job hunt.
Using twitter for job hunting
Tweet your LinkedIn profile or website. Find local hashtags or industry hashtags to use. You could even combined them. E.G. #vancouver #webdesign #socialmedia #yvr etc, etc.
Don’t over tweet that you are looking for work. You could mention it a couple of times a day, but be creative in how you tweet it. No one wants to be spammed, and most will remember the first time you tweet it.
Don’t connect your twitter to linkedin. Update linked in on its own. Do connect your blog, if you have one to LinkedIn. Post about your experience, type of work you are looking for, and share your knowledge.
Go to tweetups and take a business card! Tweetups are a fantastic networking resource. It not only gets the word out that you are looking. If you make contacts and they know someone that is looking they will mention you. Having a business card with a website / resume profile is important though.
These are a few of the techniques I used the last time I looked for work.