If you have decided to make a career change and are trying to find a job, social media can be your best friend. Even though most people may associate social media with non-work social activity, or posting cat videos, social media can actually be extremely helpful for finding work.

Here are some great tips on how to use social media to help you with your job search.

 

Follow important companies in your field

You can do this by looking them up on Twitter and LinkedIn and following them on these sites. You can also “like” them on Facebook. The benefit of doing this is that you can stay up to date with developments on these companies. So, if they post that they are looking to hire someone, you can react very quickly.

Doing this is also just a great way to gain insights and obtain important information for your field.

 

Take advantage of networking opportunities

Business social networking sites such as LinkedIn and talkbiznow.com can be a fantastic place to make connections that can be very important for your career. These sites are filled with business professionals who are looking to expand and grow their networks.

So, if you are proactive on these sites, you can meet many people who could potentially help you get that dream job. The bigger and better your business network is, the more likely that one of your contacts can help lead you to a great job. So, introduce yourself to many people on these sites, and try to grow your network.

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Add hyperlinks to your resume

When you apply to jobs, include a hyperlink to your Twitter handle and your LinkedIn profile to your resume. You should put them in the “Contact Information” section. Doing this allows you to market yourself better when you are job hunting online. The reason is because it shows that you are tech savvy, which is appreciated by many companies, and it also gives employers multiple ways to contact you.

Some hiring managers prefer to operate on LinkedIn. Others may prefer to contact you through Twitter. Additionally, allowing companies to view your Twitter and LinkedIn accounts can give them much more information about you. This can help to create a sense of professionalism and depth, which can help increase your chances of getting hired.

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Even if you are new to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc, there are many business benefits of social media. Capitalizing on these benefits can help you to streamline and optimize your job searching efforts. If you follow all these tips, then you could be well on your way to finding that amazing job!

 

Sources:

http://www.forbes.com/pictures/efkk45ehmek/7-make-a-plan/#2cc6ae59208a

http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/slideshows/10-smart-ways-to-use-social-media-in-your-job-search?slide=6