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Earlier this week an interesting scenario became apparent to me. Every social network I have used has always had a romantic element to it, yet I had never seen this on Twitter. Hi5, Facebook and Myspace have always been famous for their romantic possibilities. Social networking on a whole promotes it given the opportunity to view photos, read a brief bio and contact people privately. Several people even avoid social networks or tighten their privacy settings because they are afraid of attracting stalkers.
Twitter is different since it doesn’t have a bio page besides a 140 character description, and a small avatar.
There is no single way to find jobs online, that being said, Forbes has this great guide:
BUT, let me get into some more details:
Your online presence should be about you, but don’t make yourself ridiculous. If you are using social media to land a job you need to maintain at least a semi-professional image. Sure you can share Bobby Shmurda vines, but you shouldn’t be using an email address on your C.V. like firstname.lastname@example.org. However please feel free to show your excellent use of grammar, experience and passions. Be reasonable.
This was also mentioned in the Forbes article, however let me reiterate, don’t spam. Just because certain executives or companies are social, doesn’t mean you can just send them a C.V. point blank. You should aim to be social first and be prepared to submit one if the opportunity comes up. The beauty about social media is that companies regularly post job opportunities online, having regular and genuine social interactions may give you extra credits over your peers.
Industry and Alumni Groups
You are new to the online job hunting scene, you could be a student, graduate or an experienced professional, but if a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it? well? yeah. Thankfully, your industry probably has a group online, especially on LinkedIn, the popular professional social networking site. Facebook also has several pages and groups for industry professionals to discuss related matters. When you contribute to the groups it will raise your profile and possibly add to your credence. Once again, employers may be looking for your online profile after reviewing your C.V. this will help. Also industry groups usually post open jobs and projects related to the industry, opportunity awaits. The same applies to Alumni groups, your high school or university has an online presence for alumni members to improve their school and past students. Utilise these groups, it is invaluable.
Creating a Professional Presence
Create a LinkedIn account. Just do it. Doesn’t matter if you have left school, your profession, or your industry. This is where people expect to find your de-facto professional profile. Don’t use blurry glamour shot photos, DO use photos your grandmother would be proud to put on her wall. Many companies now allow you to submit job applications via LinkedIn, so make sure you update it alongside your C.V.
Remember those industry and alumni groups? Find them on LinkedIn. Also remember what I said about not spamming? If you don’t know another member, and have no reason to interact, don’t randomly add them. If you don’t know them but need to interact, send them a message explaining why.
Finally add links to your LinkedIn profile on your other social media pages, to boost page rank and also lead potential employers to your professional page.
I’m not about to tell you how to search online, but most people forget about searching on Twitter. Here’s the link, use common hashtags like #Jobs and specify a location for the tweets:
When the opportunity arises, you have to be able to sell yourself.
In the end….
The important thing is to equip yourself to have a higher probability of finding a job you will love. If 100 people apply for a job only the outstanding ones will be noticed. What are you doing to stand out from the crowd?
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