The thought of using social media as a job tool to find your next career may not be something you've thought twice about. After all, when you think of social media, you think of the crazy photos that your friends posted on Facebook or the silly Twitter post that your cousin tagged you in. But if you think about it, using social media can help you connect with people who are looking for the exact skills and qualifications that you have. You just need to make sure that your account reflects the qualities that you want potential employers to see - hardworking, smart and professional.
To advance to your next career, here are some social media platforms that will help you find your dream job:
The most well-known social media platform for companies and job-seekers alike is Linkedin. If you haven't registered, do it now! Registration is free and it allows you to connect to not only with people whom you're currently working with, but also with people whom you've worked with in the past. The great thing about Linkedin is that you have the ability to search for companies and contact the people who currently work there via Linkedin's messaging system. You also get to see which Linkedin members looked into your profile. If you're interested in the company they work for, then go ahead and introduce yourself.
More companies are now using Facebook to create their social media page to connect with their employees and customers. By posting a status update about your job search, the people in your network might be able to hook you up with the company they work for or for a position they heard about.
Twitter is a great way to connect with people whom you may not have a personal connection with. Like Facebook, you can post about your job search and let everyone know what you're looking for. The more followers you have, the louder your message gets across. A person in your network may just have a job lead for you.
As you can see, social media isn't all about fun and friends. Make use of it to further your career goals - sign up and connect with people! Remember, you can't get what you want if you haven't taken the appropriate steps to get it.