It's been a long time since social media was limited to just social life. Continued overhauls of their services and a rapidly-spreading Internet presence has transformed Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and their fellow networks into one of the most prevalent job searching tools currently available. Using the services in tandem with other aspects of the search can help anyone looking for a new job.
According to Staffing Industry, as many as 39 percent of employers and recruiters in the United States have said they plan to use social media in their efforts to find new workers, though it can be difficult for some to know exactly what will kind of interactions can boost your chances accordingly.
US News and World Report says that the easiest way to use such websites in your searches doesn't even require posting. By following leaders in your field, you can learn the most up-to-date and important news items and questions that leaders are discussing at that moment.
Of course, your efforts shouldn't stop there. Once you've created your industry profiles, following them and entering the discussion yourself can help boost your image throughout the industry, and that's not limited to single posts. Having discussions with industry professionals not only expands your name among insiders but can help you notice upcoming trends soon to be popular. Being able to stay ahead of these trends will be a perfect way to show interviewers that you know your stuff.
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When you build a social media presence, it's not just for your own needs. Indirect access, where others begin broadcasting your message, can rapidly expand your brand and make you known as an information leader throughout the industry. Even if you don't find success in attempts to directly contact leaders at your dream company, your potential and your knowledge can shine through if they even just see your name.
In addition, if you decide to use staffing services professionals in assisting your job hunting, you can help them just as much as they can help you. You'll likely meet a wide variety of different people who are either members of the industry in question or who want to break into it. Should a recruiter find a position you're viable for, showing them your social media prowess can build your reputation going into an interview. Even if you aren't ready for the position, or find it's not for you, being able to recommend one of your many contacts will show that you're helpful and reliable, two aspects that employers love to see in their employees.
Join the 14 percent
A new survey reinforces the prominence of social media, according to Staffing Industry. Almost 40 percent of American respondents had been contacted about a new employment opportunity in their experiences with social media, while 11 percent were able to land one of those jobs. With this knowledge, entering the fray of social media becomes even more of a no-brainer, especially because focusing on the industry you're interested in will not only make you seem like an expert but actually make you into an expert.
The more you post, the more you'll learn, and there's a good chance that information you pick up along the way will provide you with a chance to impress interviewers. If you're confident in your professionalism, there's a likely chance that your usernames can even be included on resumes. Building a new presence can even help you more easily contact any old contacts whom you've fallen out of touch with, as a simple industry-related question can put you back into their good graces.