Are you on the look out for a new job?
If you are, which is your go-to site to browse jobs in your industry? JobStreet? LinkedIn?
Most of the time, we think of Facebook and Twitter as sites where we just hang out. We just post random stuff. But to be honest, you can actually score real jobs on Facebook and even on Twitter.
Last year, I started my journey as a full-time freelance writer. That’s when my perception of Facebook and Twitter changed. I thought, since I’m on Facebook every day, why not use it to help me kick-start or even grow my freelance writing career? I wrote about how I used Facebook Groups to score high-paying clients on Be a Freelance Blogger. If you want to know more about how you can use this strategy, please do visit the post.
This post is focused more on the general tips on how you can use Facebook and Twitter to get a full-time job.
Before going job hunting, first things first: Make sure that your Facebook and Twitter profiles are presentable. What do I mean by presentable? Well, they don’t have to be a copy of your LinkedIn profile. It could be a mixed of formal and casual.
Here are some things that you can do:
Change your profile pic to a photo of your face, preferably, one that isn’t heavily edited. It should not be a photo of your dog, pets, or your dream car. Your potential employer needs to recognize who you are at first glance.
Remove photos that you don’t want employers to see. For instance, you might have a photo of chugging down a bottle of Red Horse. There’s nothing wrong with drinking, but it might send the wrong impression. You don’t have to delete it if you don’t want to. You can just customize the privacy to ensure that your close friends are the only ones seeing your less formal photos.
Include a link to your resume or LinkedIn profile on both your Facebook or Twitter account. Both sites allot a tab for a website link anyway. So, if you don’t have a personal website or blog, using your LinkedIn profile is the best choice.
So, how do you actually score a job in these social networking sites?
First, follow your dream companies’ Facebook and Twitter page. If you’re an IT graduate looking to score the best job, you can follow Infor, for instance. Nowadays, companies maintain a highly active social media presence. So, where do they announce if they have job openings? Facebook and Twitter! Infor, for example, has a Facebook page and they use it to connect with potential clients and employees.
Pay attention to the hashtags that are being used in your industry. One time, I was able to secure an interview for my freelance writing. I simply browsed the tweets under the hashtag #freelancewriter. A small percentage of the tweets were actual job postings with links to the company’s website.
Lastly, join Facebook Groups in your industry. Facebook Groups, I believe, are valuable sources of information, not just to search for jobs, but also to keep yourself updated on the latest news about your industry. As some of you know, I mostly work with startups. So, I joined a Facebook Group where most of the startup founders in the Philippines hang out. At first, it was only an experiment. But now, I’ve become an active member of the group. I get the latest scoop about the startups in the Philippines, and I also get the chance to help fellow entrepreneurs.
Nowadays, we have tons of resources at our disposal. We just have to find a way to maximize them.
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