In a world that’s become increasingly dependent on technology, the prospect of going job hunting without a computer or tablet to hand is unthinkable. With millions of job hunters using the Internet to track down their jobs, and millions of jobs being advertised across the web, the difficulty for the job seeker is finding jobs that they want to apply for, and, afterwards, in standing out from their competition.
With only 4% of recruiters not using social media when recruiting, it’s clear to see that where the action is happening is on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Offering job hunters the ability to monitor regular updates, browse jobs, and connect with the company, social media gives people an easy way to keep track of their dream jobs.
Here’s how to make the most of the opportunities social media offers job seekers.
Upgrade your CV
If you want to stand out from the crowd, you have to ensure that your CV is up to date, with a relevant personal statement, and details that are relevant to the vacancy that you’re applying for. Recruiters get hundreds of CVs a day, so it’s important to make a good first impression.
Follow the right companies
There’s no better way to make sure that you’re looking in the right places for jobs than by following relevant companies in your industry, or in your network. Not only will it signal that you’re interested in looking for jobs, but it will also alert you should any vacancies become available in those companies. Often, social media platforms will use that information to suggest more, similar, companies you can follow too.
Get involved with LinkedIn
Network is the number one network for recruiters, and it’s easy to see why. Aimed at engaging professionals, LinkedIn makes it easy for people in similar networks to connect and message each other. It also has its own, dedicated jobs section where job hunters can browse for vacancies: you can save jobs, favourite them and apply to them through the platform. After a while, LinkedIn will even start suggesting relevant vacancies to you.
If you haven’t yet made the most of this platform yet, it’s time to dive in and start making connections, especially to people in networks you’re interested in moving into; not only will it raise your profile, but it will also improve your chances of being seen by an employer or recruiter.
Get talking to people
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there when job hunting: after all, the more people you get in touch with, the more likely it is that you’ll get a reply at some point. Reach out to people who work for companies you want to apply for; ask them what they’re looking for, or if they have any relevant positions that are free. Though LinkedIn is best for this, you can also do it via Twitter.
Keep updated- make sure your status says you’re actively job seeking
There’s no better way to advertise your availability to others, especially for recruiters, than making it clear that you’re job-hunting online. Set your LinkedIn status to ‘job hunting’, and make sure that your profile is up to date, with key search terms visible in your profile description, so that your profile will come up on job searches. The more effort you put into making contacts and keeping your profile up to date, the higher the chance you’ll reap the rewards.