Are you looking for a job? In his book, Look Me Up: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter & Social Networking Yourself to Job Search Success, recruiter Jeff Altman shares some job search tips. If you are not using social media as part of a job search strategy you need to start now to get found by recruiters.
- On your LinkedIn, add your email address beside your name to make it easy for recruiters to contact you.
- Delete all inappropriate photos and comments from your Facebook account and ask you friends to remove any inappropriate photos they have uploaded of you.
- On Twitter, search for people for are using the keywords that are relevant for your field. The example Altman uses is “corporate finance”, so you would search using that term at http://search.twitter.com. You can also search using #corporatefinance. You can also follow the people who use those keywords because they could be great contacts for you. Note: Do not act desperate and ask for a job, the intent is to develop relationships.
- http://twitterjobsearch.com tracks tweets that are about jobs posted on Twitter. The website allows you to use your search term to identify potential jobs and you also see who posted the tweet so you can follow them.
- http://jobshouts.com/ connects employers and potential employees. If you follow @JobShouts on Twitter they’ll email you when positions are available.
- jobangels is a novel and awesome idea. They ask one person to find a job for another. Join their Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
- On your Facebook profile add the LinkedIn, business card, “What I do,” resume and job search apps.
- Many recruiters use http://www.jobmagic.com/, a service that allows people to post resumes and receive job descriptions through Facebook. Another service is Getthejob.
- Use Hootsuite to integrate and manage your Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook accounts. You can also schedule posts using the service.
- Write articles on topics within your area of expertise and upload them to EzineArticles.com, Squidoo.com and Hubpages.com.
Look Me Up: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter & Social Networking Yourself to Job Search Success by Jeff Altman is not well-written and could use some serious editing (I downloaded a free ebook version from Amazon), but if you can look beyond that, you’ll get some really great job search tips. It also includes a list of 100 website resources for the job seeker, many of which will be new to you. If you’re looking for a job you’ll find many tips that you can immediately incorporate into your job search strategy.
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