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5 tips to job hunt using social media

Kristin Burnham | March 13, 2013
LinkedIn may be the go-to place for many job seekers, but dont stop there. Here's a look at how you can use Facebook, Twitter and Google+--as well as some lesser-known social networks--to attract recruiters and land a job.

Another plus to job searching on Twitter: It can be easier to find and connect with someone at that company, she says.

"Searching for jobs on Twitter means you literally have the most up-to-date job listings since they're posted in real-time. If you find a job you're interested in, reach out to whoever tweeted it," Vitale says. "You have an advantage there because posts aren't as anonymous as they are on job boards or LinkedIn."

4. Be Active on Quora, Squidoo

Question and answer site Quora and community interest page Squidoo are two sites that recruiters frequent looking for talent, Vitale says. If you're not part of these communities, you should start investing time in them.

"These sites are a great way to brand yourself as a subject expert, showcase your talent and show off your interests," Vitale says. "Recruiters can get a sense of who you are here-whether you're a good candidate for a Ruby on Rails job because you've answered a bunch of questions and are ranked high."

5. Don't Neglect Google+

"Some people think Google+ is a flash in the pan, others are all over it," Vitale says. Because of Google+'s integration with its search engine, Vitale says it's important to maintain a profile on its social network.

"When recruiters are looking for talent they go to Google first because it's so easy to find people and resumes and associated sites," she says. "Because Google ranks Google+ profile pages high, it's important to fill out yours with updated information and optimize it for your job hunt."


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