Creative Social Media Job Hunting
Looking for a job on social media is something all job hunters need to seriously think about adding to their game plan, but it can be hard to make your profile stand out above the rest. How can you get the people you want to see you to take notice?
Create Relevant Profiles
You’re selling yourself on social media so make your LinkedIn profile, for example, the perfect sounding profile for someone who wants to work in the sector you want to get into.
Don’t ignore Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ either, they are all allies in your search for the dream job. Spruce up your public profiles; keep your updates relevant and up to date with interesting information that shows you’re bang up to date with the sector you want to get into.
Newer Social Media platforms like Periscope are definitely worth watching out for if you love video, and you could even set up your own YouTube channel talking about the subjects that matter in your sector, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a broadcaster.
Set up a Facebook Page
People set up Facebook Pages dedicated to celebrities – make yourself the celebrity! Post updates and anything relevant to your job searching, talk about subjects that matter to the people you want to be seen by. Follow as many of their Facebook Pages as possible and comment regularly on their posts, post links to your own blog posts and anything else, like a Contently portfolio if you’re a writer for example. Promote YOUR brand.
Online job hunting is as old as the Internet but if you think outside of Monster, Totaljobs and Reed you can increase your odds of snapping up the dream job. Look for job opportunities at your favourite companies on Twitter feeds, search for their names using the hashtags too. Check out Facebook pages and LinkedIn groups regularly for any news.
Making connections is a great way to get you in with the right people, so get yourself onto LinkedIn and start chatting in relevant interest groups, follow your target companies and try to get into conversations that give you a chance to show your knowledge. Look out for the most active groups where you have a better chance of connecting with influencers in the industry, and don’t forget to share relevant content on your page too.
Show people that you know your stuff by becoming the person people ask for advice. If you can become known as something of an expert in a particular area, by chatting to others about it, offering opinions and giving advice, your name will be one of the first that comes up if there’s an opportunity for you to use all that knowledge; and people will think of you as being super helpful too.