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Friday, 8 March 2013

Use Social Media To your Advantage in your Job Search

The number of Employers using social media as part of the process of searching for the ideal candidate is rising, with many examining your social profiles at the pre-interview stage. Therefore you should make sure that your profiles are in ship shape and that you have hidden all the incriminating evidence. But what if you want to use your social profile in the process of finding the perfect vacancy for yourself? Below are some tips to help you achieve this.

It is vital that you start your search in the right places and this often means heading to LinkedIn or Google+, which are arguably far more professional than the likes of Facebook or Twitter. Yet you can use Facebook and Twitter to your advantage here, by asking your friends and followers to provide you with recommendations on LinkedIn.

You shouldn't start applying for jobs until you have developed your LinkedIn profile and appear to be a knowledgeable and experienced professional. Once you have achieved this it is time to begin searching for vacancies and the best advice here is not to send out blanket messages, which recruiters will spot a mile off. Take the time to tailor each message and you will dramatically improve your chances of landing your next job.

(Image Source:Forbes)

Another piece of advice is to think of yourself as brand and determine a strategy to create and manage the desired image. By this I mean carefully considering the nature of your posts, the description of yourself and the photo you use. Make sure that you upload a picture of your face for credibility, create a professional bio and try not to post anything offensive. Good Luck!

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