Although social media is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends, it can also be a terrific way to network and advance your career. Here are some ways you can use social media to find your next job:
Make sure you’re active on the main social media websites
LinkedIn is one of the best social media platforms for finding jobs (after all, that’s what it’s primarily designed for), but it’s not the only way you can connect with potential employers. If you’re not already, register with Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.
If you’ll be using social media to network and find a job, it’s important to keep your personal life and professional life separate. Either create separate profiles or clean up your current ones, and remove anything questionable that might portray you in a negative light.
Make sure your profiles shine
Keep them updated and include detailed information on your skills, training, education, and experience. This is especially important for your LinkedIn profile, as more and more recruiters are turning exclusively to LinkedIn to reach out to potential candidates.
LinkedIn is a great way to reach out to and connect with companies, hiring managers, and recruiters in your area. You can also follow companies you’re interested in by keeping up with their Google+, Twitter, and Facebook pages. This can help keep you in the loop about any potential job openings. But remember to only add and follow professional company pages—reaching out to someone on their personal and private Facebook page, for instance, is usually not a good idea.
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Nothing above is meant to provide financial or tax advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.