Useful Tools that will be of Help during Your Job Search
For soon-to-be college grads and job seekers alike, it is important to stay on the lookout for opportunities that may present themselves—sometimes in the most unlikely of circumstances. Whether you are on line at the grocery store, an intern, or at an event, remember to market yourself. It is important to network throughout college and well after you have landed a position in your desired field. As the saying goes, “you never know who you’re going to meet next.” Always remember to present yourself well and as a professional in your field of study. Keep in mind that there are free tools that you may already know of that can be used to your advantage!
Social Media Platforms In Job Search
That’s right! Using social media can actually aid in finding and landing the job that you have been searching for. As social media interfaces change continuously, it is important to make note of the many benefits that social media can have, other than successfully taking up the majority of your day. Look to social media to get up-to-the-minute information on the latest job market and industry trends. Professionals within your field of interest are readily available to follow as well.
Using Twitter and Facebook in your Job Search
How far can a Tweet comprised of 142 characters get you?
That is a great question. If you use Twitter effectively, it could get your foot in the door of a great interview. According to Mediabistro.com, 62% of Fortune 500 companies have an active Twitter account while nearly 60% have an active Facebook page. How’s that for an exceptional social presence. Even the CEOs of well-known Fortune 500 companies can be found Tweeting and posting social updates.
Use Twitter to acquire market insights from professionals and “Like” a company of interest on Facebook to get a feel for the company’s culture. Use your free Twitter account to your advantage and take part in the weekly #HFChat, regarded by Sparkhire.com as one of the leading job seeker and career advice chats.
Using LinkedIn in your Job Search
For the ultimate networking tool, LinkedIn will keep you in the know and up-to-date with the latest industry news. You will also have the ability to share your professional information along with career experience and an updated resume with others in the field. Follow companies and take part in group discussions. The importance of demonstrating a professional demeanor is crucial. If you are a seasoned writer and find that your knowledge has helped others in the past, LinkedIn allows you to link to your blog. Now you have the ability to share not only your resume but your experience, all in one place!
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In Job Search? – Words of Wisdom from a Recruiter
The majority of internet users spend their time via social sites—22% to be exact. This is followed by online searches and reading content to name a few. Employers are aware that potential candidates will most likely have social accounts but it is how the candidate presents themselves to others that will ultimately reflect an employer’s decision of whether to call for an interview or leave alone. A truly sought after candidate will know how to effectively communicate as a professional both in person and on social networking sites. Not only will that employee demonstrate confidence in themselves, but also in their company.
My name is Andrea Orton and I work at a technology recruiting company in New York City. At Landover Associates, we make it our goal to keep up with the changing job market to offer our candidates the most beneficial information to help them land the job that they deserve.