Can Social Networks help you get a job? There is a lot of hype surrounding the Social Job Search and statistically, it is justified. In 2012 alone companies are expected to use social media to recruit for over 80% of Job openings.
It is observed through various eye-tracking studies that on average, a recruiter spends 5.7 seconds looking at your profile. That is less than what on average a CV gets (~8 seconds).
Recent data suggests that social job search is happening right now. Around 98% (WOW!) of recruiters admit to using LinkedIn to find suitable candidates. Facebook and Twitter are used by 33% and 42% by recruiters respectively. If this is any indication, then it can be argued that the social job search is the most popular method of recruiting at the moment.
Now it’s up to you whether you want to take advantage of this social job search phenomenon or not. If you do decide to use it though, make sure that you check out our guides on LinkedIn for Graduates and Twitter For Graduates.