Steps to success: planning a social media job search strategy
It’s that time of year again when we make a renewed commitment to do better for ourselves by drinking less, eating healthier, and of course, achieving our career potential.
Yet when it comes to job hunting, there is never any guarantee in regards to the length of your search. You may have to apply for 10 or 20 positions before you’re successful. But one thing that is certain, you need to plan for everything, including finding a job.
With 84% of you planning to make a job-related New Year resolution, here are 5 quick ways to plan a job search strategy using social media:
1. Set yourself a clear goal
What platforms will you use to progress your job search? How do you intend to connect with hiring managers via social media? Identify the long and short term actions you need to do in order to get a job through social media.
2. Market yourself
Update your LinkedIn profile and any other platforms you intend to use to connect with potential employers. Ensure your profile pictures represent the professional image you wish to portray.
3. Be visible
Join groups that are relevant to your industry on LinkedIn. Like companies you’re interested in working for on Facebook. Follow employer pin boards on Pinterest, and target tweets using Twitter. Engage in discussions, post professional updates and network.
4. Implement a step-by-step plan
Set aside time each week to progress your social media job search. Create daily, weekly and monthly objectives, such as connecting with three hiring managers per week or meeting a contact in your field each day.
5. Make networking the heart of your search plan
We all know the saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. Social media has reinforced just that.
Through networking we meet new people who can give us insider advice and information on an organisation or industry, or even help set up an opportunity.
Use social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, to contribute to online discussions and build your online presence.
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