There’s a good chance you haven’t found yourself in your dream job, yet. If you have – then you’re one of a very few lucky folk. But if not, you don’t need to give up.You may already be actively using social media tools in your job search. If you aren’t, then we’d urge you to start getting involved.
We did an Internet search on “using social media to find a job” – and there was an amazing 106 million results! Nobody has time to trawl through all of them, so we did it for you, and eliminated the wheat from the chaff to put together our top 8 articles from the search query.
Here they are – and we’ve extracted a key point from each to give you maximum value;
1. It wouldn’t take you a long time to find this post – but we have to include it, because it totally deserves its top search billing:
Key Point “the traditional approach most job seekers have taken in the past is no longer viable”
2. Chris Brogan is something of what they call a social media “rockstar”. But there’s good reason for this label, and this post is one of them. Chris has produced a free ebook on how to use social media in your job search:
Key Point: “You need authentication in a network. Start with a blog as a home base.”
3. This post on Time magazine uses a real life example of a modern job search. It demonstrates there’s no silver bullet – but a combination of tools and techniques will provide the result you want:
Key Point: “Because for all our technology, the best way to land a job is still by having someone who already works at a company mention your name.”
Key Point: “Don’t wait until times are tough to nurture your network.”
5. Another guide to using Linkedin in your search for an ideal job, this time Dave Taylor provides a step by step guide, using a real example to make the whole concept a little more tangible:
Key Point: “it’s the human connection that gets you work much more than the “database query” of searching job listings.”
6. Another platform specific post, this article demonstrates how Twitter can be used most effectively for job search. You will also be able to see how you can drill down specifically to find the contacts you need.
Key Point: “Your Twitter account is one of the most effective tools to promote your expertise and skills on your chosen field of work.”
7. This is a series of 5 posts, each with a set of “Action Steps”; Have A Personal Website Or Blog – Make Yourself Seen Online – Expand Your Network Before You Need It – Connect Offline – Help Others Get Jobs:
Key Point: “You can make or break your own success by how you use or don’t use free online tools to get the edge on your competition.”
8. This final article is quite short and to the point, but after all the advice telling you what to do, it was important to also link to someone who gave you some insight to what NOT to do! Look, I’ll be honest with you, and tell you just to use your common sense. We so often talk about transparency and authenticity in social networking and social media, but you’re not going to act the same in an interview as you would at home in front of the television. The same goes for social media. Respect yourself and others, and apply your best marketing tactics – but don’t sell a product you’re not proud of!
Key Point: “If you post it, someone will read it. That’s a guarantee.”