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Use Your Network: Job Hunting With Social Media

Getting a job can be tough. While certain industries are always hiring, many businesses are restrained to take on new hires due to economic uncertainties and slow consumer spending. So, you need all the help you can get when you’re out there pounding the pavement.

And these days, many job hunters have found that their social networks are one of the most effective job-search tools they have. Let’s take a look at how you can use social media to make your job-hunting efforts more effective.

Don’t Be Shy

One of the first steps you’ll have to take to use social media as an effective job-hunting tool is to actually let people know you’re looking for work. Don’t be bashful about it. Just about everyone you know has been in the position of looking for work before. Plus, some of your contacts may be close friends with a business owner who is looking for someone with just your skills, and you’ll come recommended by someone whose opinion they trust.

Don’t Rule Anything Out

Use Facebook, Twitter, or other social networking platforms to let the world know you’re looking for work. Use every tool at your disposal. You never know who might be able to introduce you to a valuable connection.

Are You Over-Sharing?

When you’re in the process of job hunting, it’s probably best to set your social media profiles to private. You don’t want to risk offending a potential employer. And, if you don’t think they’ll check your Facebook profile, you may want to think again. What better way could there be for them to get a look at who you really are than to peruse the unguarded messages you’ve posted to those closest to you?

Even if you’re not a total party animal, a weird political extremist, or a pessimistic naysayer, you have no idea what might rub your next potential employer the wrong way. Be on the safe side, and make your private life a little more private.

Do Some Reconnaissance

It’s not a bad idea to find out a little bit more about the recruiter at the company you’re applying for, by using the same trick you thwarted in the previous paragraph on them. Look them up on Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site. Use the information you glean from your reconnaissance mission to tailor your cover letter. If they were just expressing dismay about a specific work-related problem online last week, figure out why your qualifications are the perfect solution.