If you're revving up your job search, then it comes at the right time. Job hires are picking up, and 162,000 jobs were added in July, writes the Los Angeles Times. Available jobs were in higher-paying manufacturing positions, and others were lower-paid roles in restaurants, hotels and retail outlets.
As seasons change from summer to fall, companies are ramping up hiring efforts. And if you're looking for a new job, social media and of course the Internet are job-searching tools for representation and finding new leads. Land the next stop in your career with these techniques for finding jobs, sending online job applications and quickly being noticed by a company.
1. Social Media
Many of us are already regularly using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networking sites for personal purposes. A growing number of HR pros require that they see candidates on social media sites like LinkedIn before looking over your application. A recent Bullhorn Reach report found that 21 percent of recruiters hunt for candidates through LinkedIn. First, get a high-quality current headshot of yourself to use across all your social sites. Next, reach out to contacts. You can connect your email accounts to see colleagues and other people in the industry who have gone social. Now you've a good head start for building an online social media network.
An active Twitter site will garner that second look from employers. If you're looking for jobs in real estate, start following real estate industry publications. Retweet interesting posts and share them on your Facebook and Linked pages. By capturing industry news in your feeds, you'll show that you're tuned in to real estate trends and current events, which can improve your chances of catching the eyes of HR teams evaluating your online resume.
3. Social Search
Tools like hashtags on Twitter can connect you to job openings and hiring companies. Not familiar with hashtags? Type in terms at Twitter search like #realestatejobs or #realestate to find job leads or information about the current job market in that industry. Use the name of your local town or city to make the search more geo-specific. Called Twitter search and Facebook search, you'll become more intimate with available, relevant job postings. As a result, you can adjust your job search goals.
4. Network & Pitch
Can you accurately describe your skills and talents in a 10-second pitch? For those real estate jobs, use this as an example, "I've got extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate transactions. I keep tabs on industry trends through social media, and my goal is to move into a new role with a large developer or similar real estate company." This pitch summarizes your background, knowledge and career aspirations all in one sound bite. Use your poised and professional sales pitch while networking. Attend industry events in your area to meet other professionals and get a sense of the job availability.
5. Internet Resources
Check out Job-Applications.com, a site that aggregates online job applications from many of the country's leading retailers, including apparel, fast food, entertainment and more. The site also offers video advice and tips on how to apply for interviews with leaders like Target, Costco, Walmart, Pizza Hut and others.
What social media and job searching tips have you used for a job search recently? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
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