Most hires are made due to a personal connection made through friends, coworkers, or recruiters — but today, many of these relationships take place online more than they do in person. That’s where social media comes in. By using the right online networks to connect with the people who matter most to your job hunt, you’ll find great opportunities, speed up your search, and have the potential to land a better gig than you could have the old-fashioned way.
What will social media do to your job search?
Easily build up your network of contacts and keep in touch.
Bye-bye Rolodex, hello Twitter. Keep up to date with your professional contacts online to let them know what you’re working on — and to share your success stories.
Let your network know exactly what you’re looking for.
The first step to getting what you want is asking for it. Post a brief, casual, professional-sounding note to your network of choice. Somebody out there might just be able to hook you up with a great opportunity.
Learn about the people who will be interviewing you.
A little due diligence on LinkedIn goes a long way. While you don’t want to seem like a stalker (that’s why sticking to LinkedIn is a good idea), you can learn the relevant facts about your interviewers, making you seem extra prepared.
Prove your expertise online.
Answering questions on websites like Quora.com or LinkedIn.com show that you have a wealth of knowledge and the generosity to share. That’s a very good thing when an employer looks you up online.
Get valuable information about the companies where you’d love to work.
By following companies you admire, you’ll learn more about how they do business — and how they hire. Some companies only post job openings to their social media accounts, so be sure not to miss them!
Stephen Van Vreede is not your average IT/technical résumé writer. He provides career strategy and concierge job search solutions for senior (15+ years) (ITtechExec) and up-and-coming (NoddlePlace) (5-15 years) tech and technical operations leaders. Stephen and his team focus on building simplified, targeted, and certain career move campaigns, be it an external search or an internal promotion. He is co-author of UNcommon with career development leader Brian Tracy (out June 11, 2015). Contact Stephen directly at Stephen@ittechexec.com or send him an invite at https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephenvanvreede. To see whether Stephen and his team are a good fit for you, take their free (and anonymous) 1-minute compatibility quiz, Is the ITtechExec Approach a Good Match for You? Also, feel free to take his complimentary resume self-assessment quiz, How Certain Can You Be About Your Technical Resume? You might be surprised by what you find out!