How to Leverage Social Media to Enhance Your Job Search and Land Your Dream Job

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Social media platforms allow us to connect with people all over the world. Although they can...

Social media platforms allow us to connect with people all over the world. Although they can be perceived as unproductive ways to spend your leisure time, each social platform has the potential to be used as a valuable tool for communicating. Employers use these platforms to do their research, so there’s no reason why you can’t too. Social media platforms allow you to create a professional profile representing a complete picture of you, allowing employers to see beyond your resume. You can also search for jobs and build a diverse network of like-minded individuals. There are plenty of opportunities to find a new job through social media. Your online reputation can massively influence the success of your job hunt.


Use LinkedIn

Out of all the social media platforms, LinkedIn is the most popular to find employment. Not only does LinkedIn have its job search function, but it also allows you to connect with professionals working in your industry. By creating a LinkedIn profile, you can build a professional online presence. You will even have the opportunity to list your previous experience. Aside from paid jobs, this could be any qualifications or voluntary work you have completed. While it might seem like a good idea to bulk this list up, you should only aim to include things that add value to your profile.


Share Your Portfolio on Social Media 

Depending on the industry you are applying to, creating a blog or portfolio website is a great way to showcase your work. With the help of a simple YouTube tutorial, setting up a personal website is a straightforward, easy process. For example, if you find yourself in graphic design or coding, a portfolio is an amazing way to showcase your skills. You can share your link on all social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to expand your reach further. In addition, you can pin it to your LinkedIn profile. With every new person that clicks on your profile, there is an opportunity for someone to notice your work.


Networking

One of the best ways to find job opportunities on social media is to network. In the past, you would have to go to a crowded convention or networking function and spend hours connecting with a handful of people. Nowadays, using social media, that same value is available at your fingertips from the comfort of your home. Along with interacting with people you have worked with, you can establish connections with those in the same field and all levels of seniority. You even stand a better chance of being recommended for jobs and even roles that aren't advertised. Remember, with the right people in your professional network, you will be exposed to a higher percentage of valuable opportunities, whether that's getting a mentor in your field or full-time employment.


Build Your Personal Brand 

Once you have your social media profiles set up, it’s time to post some content and put yourself out there. However, you need to avoid repetitively posting about your job status and asking for new opportunities. This is a chance to show off your personality and get involved in discussions. Ideally, you want to strike a balance between appearing as a productive and knowledgeable person, while also being a likable and well-rounded individual.  By being consistent and contributing your opinions, ideas, and interests, you will provide an insight into your personality and lifestyle. Hopefully, this will allow you to come across in a good light, leaving a positive mark on your job applications.

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