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Ways Social Media May Be Helpful in Finding Your Next Job

While submitting your resume and cover letter directly to a job of interest is widely encouraged, understanding and using social media may be able to yield some beneficial results in your job-search efforts.

In today’s challenging world, it seems there are fewer jobs available and that competition is as fierce as it ever was.

Believe it or not, social networks have become a part of the criteria that hiring managers use to find new job applicants. While no one knows to what extent, it doesn’t hurt for job seekers to be open-minded and adjust their approach in light of emerging trends.

Consider an Alternative Approach in Job Seeking

  1. Start conducting a people search. It’s believed that up to 80 percent of jobs are found through networking. Try locating people and companies on the Web you would actually enjoy working for.
  2. Become familiar with social networking sites like Facebook, Technorati, YouTube, PeekYou, Wink, Twitter or Pipl. On some sites, information is free. On others, there may be a fee charged for searching.
  3. Capitalize on LinkedIn. Fill out your entire profile and include a resume. More and more employers are looking at LinkedIn to find viable job candidates.

If you’re looking to leverage your education to gain access to a better paying job or a career with upward mobility, now is the perfect time to start looking into alternative approaches that might offer a partial solution in helping you edge out the competition in your job-search efforts.

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