It’s the twenty-first century and just like many other facets of life, job hunting is a digital practice. From preparing your cover letter and resume on a computer to filling out online applications, the experience has stepped away from paper and onto the screen. Because of this, social media is becoming a great way to find a job and interact in social networking.
LinkedIn has long been heralded as the social network for job hunting, but it’s not the only social media outlet you can use to find a job. Twitter and Instagram allow you to look at categories according to hashtags. And over the last couple of years, Facebook has been working to make its platform a place to post and find a job.
Outside of simply finding your next job on a social media platform, you can also leverage your social profiles when applying for work. Many application websites now allow you to import your work experience using your LinkedIn profile.
Others also allow you to put your social media profile links in your application. This can be a good way to showcase your social media skills if that’s the sort of job you’re looking for or to show a little bit of your personality and culture fit for the company.
Social media as a tool to find your next position
Depending on your situation, you can share on your social media profiles that you’re looking for your next career opportunity. You want to be sure that your employer already knows this though, so it doesn’t get around the office to your manager in that manner. Have a discussion first to see what opportunities for growth might be available to you right where you’re at.
Sharing content in your area of interest or specialty can help make you attractive to potential employers. The more you can show what you know and that you’re up-to-date on the industry, the more attractive you become to potential employers.
When sharing content, be sure it’s from reputable sources. You don’t want to unknowingly share fabricated information or details that aren’t easy to validate. The content you share should also be new and relevant. If it isn’t new, ensure that the content is evergreen and that you can put a good caption on it for why it’s still important.
Another way to use social media as a tool for your next position is to share your online portfolio. You can easily create an online portfolio using a blogging platform like WordPress. By getting your work out in front of potential employers, you can get discovered for jobs not yet posted.
Social networking for career opportunities
Your networks on social media should be treated just like the personal networks you’ve cultivated in person. Comment and like posts from those in your network so they don’t forget about you. Don’t just comment for commenting’s sake, though. Be sure that you have something valuable to offer to the conversation and speak from a place of experience when you can.
You can also tag people in posts about new content that you’ve found that they might be interested in. This can help you stay top-of-mind and show your expertise.
When you’re looking to network and get your name out there to find the next step in your career, look no further than The Goodkind Group. We can help you find the right job for you and advise on how to use social media and social networking to your advantage. Contact us to start the conversation and learn more.