LinkedIn & Facebook
Networking is one of the most important parts of the job search.
An estimated 75% – 95% of job vacancies are not advertised; therefore, there has been a significant increase in the use of social networking sites such as Facebook to assist in the job search process. Hundreds of companies are using the very popular LinkedIn professional networking site to recruit qualified and experienced applicants. Networking is considered one of the most effective ways to find a job. There are a variety of job search strategies; however, networking results in an average of 60% to 80% of all job offers.
Use these top social and professional networking sites to enhance your career and boost your job search:
How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job – Or Have a Job Find You
- Create a Profile. Create a detailed profile on LinkedIn, including employment (current and past), education, industry, and web sites.
- Consider a Photo. You can add a photo (a headshot is recommended or upload a larger photo and edit it) to your LinkedIn profile. Note that it must be a small photo – no larger than 80×80 pixels.
- Keywords and Skills. Include all your résumé keywords and skills in your profile, so your profile will be found.
- Build Your Network. Connect with other members and build your network. The more connections you have, the more opportunities you have, with one caveat from Kay Luo, “Connect to people you know and trust or have a business relationship with, no need to go crazy and connect with everyone.”
- Get Recommendations. Recommendations from people you have worked with carry a lot of weight.
- Search Jobs. Use the job search section to find job listings.
- Use Answers. The Answers section of LinkedIn is a good way to increase your visibility. Respond to questions, and ask a question if you need information or assistance.
- Stay Connected. Use LinkedIn Mobile to view profiles, invite new connections, and access LinkedIn Answers from your phone.
Last updated: 9/23/2016