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My Social Media Profile – A Positive Place to Start.

Posted by | April 7, 2013 | Job Search Ariticle for Graduates

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My Social Media Profile – A Positive Place to Start.

socialmediaSocial media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and relatives, but it also can be a useful tool in your job search. Employers are using social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to both promote their organizations and connect with potential job candidates

While social media can help you research employers (critical to your job-search success), be sure to use it more actively – as a way to connect with potential employers. By following a few basic tips, you can use social media to get in front of hiring managers

Get Noticed

There are a few points to keep in mind when using social media as a job-search too.

Create a Profile That Gives a Positive Impression of You

Think of it as your online resume: What do you want it to say about you? Hiring managers can get a stronger sense of who you are, and if you’re a potentially good fit for their company, through your profile

Be Aware of the Keywords You Include in your Profile

This is particularly true for sites focused on professional networking, such as LinkedIn. Many employers do keyword searches to find profile that contain the skill sets they’re seeking in potential hires

Don’t include photos, comments, or information you wouldn’t want a potential Employer to see

Don’t Mix Personal with Professional

The social media you use in your job search has to present you a s a potential employee – not as a friend. Follow the normal rules for writing a resume

Make sure your Profile is Error-Free

You wouldn’t offer up a resume rife with misspellings, would you?

Choose Appropriate contact Information

Your e-mail address or Twitter handle should be professional – a simple variation on your name, perhaps rather than suggestive or offensive

Connect

Many organizations have embraced social media as an extension of their hiring practices, and provide information that you can use to research the organization and connect with hiring managers and recruiters

Keep in touch with recruiters or other decision makers you may interact with in cyberspace. There may not be an available opportunity at their organization right now, but that could change, and you want to be considered when it does

Finally, in addition to maintaining your network, use social media to build your network. Don’t just establish a social media presence – work it. Reach out. Interact. You will get out of social media what you put into it.