Social-Media Job Search Tactics

There are many successful stories about how people launch their careers with social media tools. If job seekers want to find a job through social media, they need to be aware of the “social networking” and the “communication” aspects of these tools. To be more specific, a job seeker may consider the following tactics:

1. Build a network with industry experts, professors, co-workers, references, people who share the same interest, and people met in professional occasions.

2. Understand his/her personal brand. In other words, for what does s/he wants to be known?

3. Search his/her name at Google and see what people at Google say about his/her personal brand. Creating profiles at LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blog, and virtual communities (i.e. The Wall Street Journal Online, The New York Times Online, and Inc.com).

4. Be “sociable” in social media by joining professional organizations/groups or adding/following the industry professionals.

5. Communicate in the Internet with consistent messages of his/her personal brand by actively participating in online forums and offering valuable and constructive suggestions/comments.

6. Always use his/her name or his/her personal brand when creating online profiles or posting discussion, comments, pictures, and videos online.

7. Cross-reference every social media profile a person has.

Within this blog, relevant discussions can also be found about online reputation (ABC News video), managing online reputation (Fox News video), and reboot a person’s bad online reputation (ABC News video). Do you have any successful stories to share with us? What are they? What additional suggestions do you have?

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