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The most successful way to find a job is by networking. Networking used to be only about hand-shaking and meetings; you can learn more about in-person networking here. But today, social media plays a very big role in networking, job search and gathering labour market information. 

Social Media Strategies

·       Follow/connect with employers where you’d like to work

·       Locate people you know to gather information and referrals

·       Use social media to research a company before you call them or for a job interview

·       Mention your own job search on social media; update your resume; let people know you are looking

·       Ask (former) colleagues to recommend you on your LinkedIn account

·       Follow industry experts and learn what’s happening in your field

·       Make sure your own profile/brand on these sites is professional

·       Follow industry groups and associations to learn more about a career in which you are interested

·       Participate in online group discussions and get to know people online

Learn more: 45 things to do on social media to find a job

 

LinkedIn

·       Search for jobs you want on the Jobs page

·       Check the Jobs You May Be Interested In and Jobs In Your Network sections on the Jobs page

·       Save Jobs to track opportunities you find on LinkedIn

·       Get email alerts for new job postings that match your interests

·       Learn about companies from an organization’s LinkedIn Pages; see who in your network works there

·       Build your professional network

·       Reach out to people in your LinkedIn network to discover job opportunities

·       Tell your network you’re looking for a job by posting an update from your homepage

·       Ask for recommendations from the people who know you best

·       Find and join groups to discuss professional topics and to build and maintain a broader network

Source: LinkedIn

 

Facebook

You may see job posts in your News Feed, but you can also find job posts by:

·       Clicking Jobs in the left column of News Feed

·       In Jobs on Facebook, you can search jobs, change your location or select an industry or job; click Subscribe in the right column to get notified about new job openings

·       Going to a company’s Page to see if they have any jobs open by clicking Jobs in the left column of the Page; if there isn’t a Jobs tab, the company hasn’t posted any jobs on their Page

·       To apply to a job post:

1.     Click Apply Now

2.     Fill in the application (example: your experience and education)

3.     Click Send

Your application will be sent as a message to the employer and won’t appear on your profile.

And keep in mind employers can see the public version of your profile, but you can choose who sees your posts and see what your profile looks like to other people.

Source: Facebook

 Learn more about Facebook job search: How Facebook Job Search Feature Can Help You Land Your Next Job

 

 

Twitter

·       Follow the industry you are interested in and participate in communities you care about

·       Don’t just retweet what others are saying; create meaningful content that people care about

·       Use Twitter as a jumping-off point to your more detailed online profiles — a personal blog or LinkedIn profile, for example

·       Many companies have job-related Twitter handles- follow them

·       Build your network before you need it; engage with people who do what you want to do

·       Don’t be overly professional; Twitter is a great way to showcase your personality and talk to people about your interests

Source: Mashable

 Learn more about Twitter job search: 5 Ways Twitter Can Help You Reach Your Career Goals

How to clean up your social media presence

·       How to do a social media cleanse when you’re looking for a job

·       8 ways to clean up your social media

·       7 steps to take when scrubbing your social media presence, according to branding and PR expert

 

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