How do social media networks fit in today’s job search? It can be a confusing array of too many options. Job seekers are told to stay away from social media and to go toward social media at the same time.
When I determined that I would take Design Resumes to a new level in December 2009, social media was there but in many cases still not a household word.
Now if you open a multiple share button on a blog site, you can see many platforms and networks as options. Many either came and gone – like MySpace or never became popular.
When it comes done to it, you can only maintain a network in so many places. Otherwise, you get lost in the process or spend all your time trying to be visible. As many networks for job seekers come and go, you need to minimize how many places you are in to be effective.
What social media networks do I recommend for Job Search?
- LinkedIn – the foremost network for job seekers and professional connections. All of my packages have LinkedIn as a key component. Many people are on LinkedIn, but many profiles need work. Did you know there are more than 562 million members worldwide in 200 countries? Fully understanding LinkedIn and making sure your profile is complete will help you get noticed.
- Facebook – I still think the benefits outweigh the risks. Facebook builds personal connections through the sharing of photos, building community, and just being yourself. As you meet one person, it leads to others and soon your horizon is widened. If you are looking to connect in your present location, Facebook will connect you will people who live near you.
- Twitter – Though using Twitter takes you to a new kind of communication, it’s 280 character messages make you think about how you can more concisely phrase your message. Many people I met on Twitter continue to be part of my network both there and on other platforms.
Concentrate building community on these three platforms. If you are not using social media networks for your job search, perhaps start with just one and get your feet wet!
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