Social media is an important player in the process of job searching in today’s world. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ lets employers have a glimpse of your personality outside your resume, interview or cover letter. Social Medias offer people, seeking jobs, opportunities for learning about companies in which they are interested and also lets them connect with former as well as current employees. It acts as a platform for knowing about vacant positions in companies as well.
Probably that is why people seeking jobs are regularly available in social networks. Many employers also use them for hiring new people. William Almonte, CEO of a consulting firm who develop talents had asked many job seekers by conducting online polls that how active are they on these sites. Forty-eight percent replied of using these sites regularly while 19 percent use for two to three times on a weekly basis. While the remaining 11 percent said they never use social networking websites.
It is necessary for candidates to make the best use of social media. This shows that they are well familiar with latest technologies as it provides them the option of staying in touch with colleague and also helps them on expanding their professional networks. Social media also allows them to get involved into various career opportunities. Your posts also have impacts on employers and recruiters, thus making them consider you for the particular job.
These reasons are enough for half of total job seekers to remain active in social media regularly and hence so many employers take advantage of such sites for their process of hiring. William Almont Mahwah has advised some ways of using social media for searching the right jobs:
- The first step is letting friends as well as followers on social sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter know about you searching for jobs. They may not currently have knowledge about vacant positions in any company, but on knowing you want they may inform you whenever they will come to know about it.
- Facebook is for fun but also try to utilize them for serious matters like these. When you have plenty friends or many are following you, then Facebook is more important than twitter or LinkedIn in case of job search. Friends help in our job search.
- Facebook profiles can be viewed by public, even those who are not in our friend lists. So it is important for using privacy setting so that it keeps your profile available for your friends in Facebook only. Potential employers can view our personal updates and have a bad or wrong impression about us so it is necessary that we choose “Friends Only” option and limit the number of people who can view your profile.
- Before submitting resume, one must view the hiring manager’s profile on twitter as well as LinkedIn. If you know about people who are hiring, then you can create resume according to their needs.