Social media and finding a job work well good together, if you use your social media channels in the right way. Through social network websites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter you can get in contact with people who can help you. The other way around, recruiters search these websites looking for good candidates for open vacancies.
LinkedIn is kind of like Facebook for professionals, and, for companies, is the most popular medium for recruiting people. In order to be found, complete your profile and connect with groups that fit your studies or field of experience. Using relevant search words from your profile or if you discuss in groups, you stand out to recruiters. This way recruiters get a good view of who you are and what your qualities are. Next to that, LinkedIn is ideal for building a professional network. People from your network could introduce you to people who can recruit you.
Twitter is an excellent tool to get in contact with recruiters and companies as well. By following tweets from companies and recruiters, you're always up-to-date with the most recent vacancies.
On Twitter #hashtags are very frequently. These help you when looking for vacancies. If you enter #vacancy in the search bar, you'll probably get a very long list of tweeted vacancies. The other way around you can throw out a tweet yourself, for example: Digital Marketing Intern #job in #Dublin #applying. This way employers who are searching for these topics can find you. Want to know more? Read the StudentJob Twittertips.
Facebook is not really known as a professional network website but it seems that most companies and employees are also active on this platform. Sign up to groups (e.g., jobseekers in Dublin) or company pages, because more companies post their vacancies on Facebook. Next to that, again, you can post a message on your wall where can you point out that you are looking for a job. Maybe your friends network can help.
Be aware that Facebook is the ideal place for recruiters to check on candidates. Keep in mind that everything you post on facebook can be taken into consideration, as to whether you get invited to a job interview or not.
You can use social media in a job search to your advantage. Nevertheless, it could go really wrong as well. In the year 2017, recruiters can and may google search you before inviting you for a job interview. There is a good chance that your social media accounts are on top in google. All your details, photos, tweets and wall posts will be accounted for. You don't have to present yourself as the ideal person, be yourself and take into account that your profiles are most likely being checked.
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