Using Social Media to Find a New Career
Social media websites have opened up a whole new channel for finding a new career. There is no longer a reliance on unreliable recruitment consultants or knowing the right people. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are a democratic way to Build A Network that helps people find their next career move.
Of course, it doesn’t just happen. It’s not possible to sign up to Twitter and all of a sudden get offered the job of your dreams. It takes tenacity, research, effort and little bit of luck. Here are some top tips for finding a new career using the three top social media sites for networking.
Once you’ve started a Twitter account, make sure you get the layout of your profile to suit your business or industry. This is easily done with an uploaded picture or screen shot of your home page, if you have one.
Then get tweeting! Find people in your industry, people that you know and people that you’d like to know and follow them. Tweet links to interesting stories that are relevant to your industry and reply to relevant tweets in order to build your network.
Using Facebook to find a new career can be done by making sure you join relevant groups to your industry and participate in any discussions. You can also ‘friend request’ people that you’ve worked with or know through contacts. Updating your status to reflect your aim for a career change is possible too, although word it carefully so you don’t look desperate!
LinkedIn is perhaps the best way to network on line as it’s understood that that is its purpose, so you don’t look cheesy for talking about work opportunities. Make sure your profile is snappy, accurate and up to date and get linking!