Emergence of social media has had a huge impact on how employers and job seekers find each other. If you are looking forward to a successful job search, then you need to utilize social media maximally. The following are the ways in which social media has revolutionized job search.
It is Easy to Let Friends Know That You are Looking For a Job
Unlike way back when you had to keep the hustle to yourself and send out applications with the hope that interested employers will get back to you, with social media, you can let everyone know what you are up to. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, you can make it known to your friends, followers, relatives or even potential employers that you are looking for a job as well as the position that you are interested in. Even though this may not get you a job instantly, but when your contacts hear of any job openings, they will get in touch with you, and this will increase your chances of getting a job compared to if you had to do it on your own.
It Helps You to Create a Large Network
Even though most people use social media sites such as Facebook mostly for fun, it does not mean that they cannot be used for something else. From the many friends you have, there could be professionals or people in high ranks that you could establish solid networks with. Most of the people you have as friends on social media sites are people who naturally know you better, and therefore they are more likely to help you find the job you are looking for. It is imperative to therefore create a professional looking profile that stands out and also has the right photo to go with it. Be sure to include only valuable information in your personal profile.
How Social Media Helps You to Remain Motivated
Motivation is the foundation for a successful job search, and social media has emerged to be one of those platforms that can help you do that. Sites such as Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn will make you visible out there. But in order to reap the benefits of these platforms, you will need to be active and participative. You should always take time to chat with your contacts and remind them from time to time that you are still looking for a job. Do not just post an update that you are looking for a job and then disappear. Even though people might be interested in helping you, it is human nature to sometimes forget.
Another way to stay motivated on social media when you are looking for a job is to join forums and discussion groups that are in line with what you are looking for. By doing this, you will be marketing yourself and as a result you will be increasing your chances of landing a job. Be sure to expand your network every day, and also help others. You might know of an opening somewhere that isn’t for you, but you could know of someone in your network on social media whom the job could be suitable for. Just one act of kindness like that could open windows of opportunity in future.