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Social networking can get you a job

May 12, 2010

Looking for a new job? Have you considered using social media to help you in this process?

According to the Herald Sun (8/5/2010) research conducted by the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association (RCSA) shows that 45% of recruiters use social media to source candidates. With that large a statistic you should definitely not ignore social media when it comes to job seeking.

Here are some tips for using social media to increase your chances of landing that dream job:

  • Promote your skills on your Facebook page
  • Network on Twitter by following experts in your field and others who work in the same industry. Engage in 2-way conversation with them and consider attending ‘tweet-ups’ with these knowledgeable specialists
  • Join LinkedIn and complete your profile. Sign up to one or more LinkedIn groups in your area of interest and receive the daily updates to keep you ‘in the know’
  • Ensure that any photographs that show you in an unfavourable light are removed from any social networking site
  • Always be aware that what you put out via social media represents your personal brand

It is becoming increasingly easier for recruiters to access information on job candidates via the web, so it’s important to ensure that the message they will receive is the right one.

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