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Main Community News Stay Ahead of the Pack with Social Media

Stay Ahead of the Pack with Social Media

Friday, March 15, 2013

The job search is anything but one dimensional these days, as sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and even Instagram are adding additional aspects to the dynamic job seeking realm. Sure, materials like a resume and cover letter are still expected when students apply for jobs, but their presence online should be strong and searchable, especially if they're seeking jobs at new companies that make use of the latest technology tools.

Now, hiring managers are one step ahead of job candidates, scouring LinkedIn for the best applicants for their open positions and seeking out those who they think would be the right fit, instead of the other way around.

To make sure that every employer knows just how strong a candidate they are, students are fully embracing their social media accounts so that their greatest professional achievements are clearly visible to anyone who's interested in learning more about them.

If you're looking for jobs, here are some tips that can help you make your presence stand out online.

Express Yourself
Some skills that you might not think are relevant to your professional career could actually make you a more attractive candidate to some employers. Those considering careers in the oil and gas sector should not hide their passion for the piano or love of painting just because it doesn't directly correlate. A hiring manager may find this detail a strong indicator of a candidate's creativity, or might even share his own personal interest in the arts during the interview, opening up a relaxed conversation.

Use Twitter
Getting a follow on Twitter is an indicator that someone out there wants to hear what you have to say. For those who use their accounts to enhance their professional brands, their network of followers can help them find out what's happening in their particular industry and even lead to collaboration and jobs down the road. It might sound unusual, but many people have actually gotten their dream jobs just by sending out a tweet to the right person.

Show Who You Are
Personal information can go a long way - as long as it doesn't get too personal. While younger users of Facebook and other networking sites might not realize the consequences of putting up inappropriate photos or negative comments about another person, as account holders mature, they realize that every action counts, even in the virtual world.

Students who are ready to take their careers can learn the fundamentals in the business courses of the Business Administration Management or Accounting and Payroll Administration programs at Reeves College. For more information, fill out the form on the right.