Social media doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon and more and more Phoenix based companies are turning to it for promotions, position openings and company updates. So, if you aren’t already familiar with Facebook®, Twitter®, LinkedIn®, etc. your job search may be the time to learn. By Googling “find jobs in my area”, links to Monster®, CareerBuilder® and YouTube® are listed, among others; wouldn’t it be great if you could search for positions that are in your area and within your industry?
- What sites are best for jobs in my area?
Depending on your industry, there may be a professional organization in Phoenix you could join to meet with other professionals in your city. An easy way to use social media is to add these professionals to your LinkedIn® Connections. By doing this, you connect yourself to all of their Connections which could lead to interviews, conversations, and possibly job openings.
- How to use social media to search for jobs
Facebook® anwww.examiner.com/node/add/storyd Twitter® may be convenient for researching the company you are interviewing for or the interviewer, but when it comes to searching for job openings, LinkedIn® is the way to go. But, don’t forget to protect your own Facebook® and Twitter® profiles, employers are searching for you too.
- What should I do with my social media profiles?
Lock down your privacy settings on Facebook® so employers can only see your profile picture when they search for you and make sure it is a work appropriate picture. In regards to your Twitter®, make your tweets private so you have to manually approve of your followers. This prevents potential employers from following you tweets that may include your weekend plans, what you had for dinner, or the TV show lineup tonight. Social media isn’t necessary for the job search process, but it will put you ahead of your competition and open up additional possibilities.
There is a job fair opportunity on Friday for job seekers to check out also: