As you work toward building your network and making yourself stand out to a potential employer, it’s important to know what social media tools are your best choice and how can you get the most from them. Here are some of my top tips:
Use Twitter. If the employer is using Twitter well, most of their tweets will not be about how awesome they, or the organisation they work for, are. Instead, they’ll be sharing vital insights, tips, articles and hints that are relevant to helping you do well. Don’t just favourite or re-tweet their tweets, comment on them. This will highlight you and help them remember you.
Start a blog. To really make yourself stand out, you could consider blogging. A good blog will demonstrate your ability to communicate with impact, lead yourself and your knowledge and insight around a subject you’re passionate about.
Use LinkedIn. Remember, LinkedIn represents that person’s professional network. Be cautious about sending a connection to someone you haven’t met or don’t have something in common with. Always tailor the message and make it personal. Fully complete your profile, including a picture, and keep it up-to-date and relevant.
A picture speaks a thousand words. A great way to get a feel for an organisation's culture is by following them on Instragram and Facebook. It’s also relatively hassle free.
Taken together, social and traditional face to face networking can make a formidable duo in helping you achieve job hunting success.Good luck.
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