If you’re reading this, I’m sure you can agree that technology and more specifically, the internet and social media have made an enormous impact on most day-to-day activities that we’ve taken for granted for so long. Typical experiences, such as sporting events, award shows, and even job-seeking have altered a great bit over the past decade and we should be prepared to take advantage of this shift in culture. In this article, we will present ways job-seekers can utilize technology and social media to begin filling vacancies.
Pretend you’re at an event, and you’re looking to “hoop up” with certain people. Well, by using social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, the opportunity to “hook up” is there and thousands of others like you are looking to do the same. Find the people you’d like to imitate or work for/within the job force and create discussion. The internet provides you with the opportunity to have a discussion with someone via the different platforms that you couldn’t get in the room with physically in a hundred years. Take advantage!
The opportunity to start a conversation is there but now you need to sell yourself in order to get a foot in the door. Learn to build an online community, without being a creep. Think of it like it’s a relationship, you have to take things slow. Rushing or forcing something that isn’t there could be a serious turnoff and detrimental to your career.
Social media platforms such as LinkedIn are designed to serve as digital resumes. However, don’t just stop there. Take advantage of all the options at your fingertips. Upload previous examples of work. Complete a summary and describe to your network just exactly what your past, present, and what you’d like to see in your future. Show employers and your peers all that you have to offer and let the rest do the talking for you.
With LinkedIn, you’re able to give mentors, previous supervisors, or past co-workers an opportunity to speak on behalf of you in a reference or recommendation-like setting. This feature gives recruiters the chance to view what work you’ve done, what you’ve said about yourself, and what others think about you as well. Have your supporting cast vouch for your skills. This digital portfolio gives employers a much better view of you and can help weed out some other candidates looking to fill the same position as you.
For more job-searching tips, head over to part two and contact us today to get additional help from an experienced staffing agency. We have an amazing Job Search page that makes it easy to both share and find open positions. You can learn more about our staffing services here. We look forward to hearing from you soon!