How to Find Internships Through Instagram

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As social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have become a very important part of today’s internship and job search process, it’s not surprising that Instagram has become yet another way to network and find internship and jobs that are relevant to your search for potential career options. Instagram has created a unique platform in which students can look for internships and jobs.

How Instagram Can Help You Get an Internship

Instagram is a great way to brand and market yourself to employers. As small and large businesses alike use branding tools to establish their uniqueness in the marketplace. Branding is also a tool that individuals can use to market themselves to employers by creating an image that illustrates your interests and uniqueness that employers will want to know about.      

Ways Instagram Can Help in Your Search

Instagram is just one of the social media sites that can be helpful in the internship and job search; but to get the most benefit out of these sites, try using a variety of them, such a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram to get your presence out there.

Applicants can express their own interests and values through their Instagram account. One way to do this is to take the time to look at the social media sites of employers of interest and see how you align with them and get that message out there.

At first, you may want to start by Googling companies that you think you are interested in working for. From there you can see what social media sites they use and connect with them. At this point, you will want to make sure that your personal social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram are in order to ensure that you are portraying the right image so that employers will want to consider you as a potential candidate for an internship or job with their company.

If you are in a creative field, you will want to post photos of things you have done or created. Instagram is much more visual than other social media sites and is a great place to get yourself noticed. You may post photos related to a company’s product or image, in order to gain interest from the employer. 

Whenever relevant, be sure to tag them in your message so that they are more likely to view your Profile. When using Instagram in your internship and job search you will want to be sure to fill your site with your interests in a particular industry, industry, or even specific company when relevant.

Gain More Visibility by Using Hashtags

Using hashtags is another way to get yourself noticed by employers. You will want to use them sparingly to maintain a professional presence but by using them to create a positive impression as well as keeping abreast and utilizing a company’s hashtag, you will be reinforcing your brand and skills to those employers that you want to reach the most. Engaging in conversations by commenting online is a way to establish a presence and demonstrate your knowledge and interest in an industry, career field, or company.

One of the main reasons to use Instagram is to highlight to potential employers your knowledge, skills, and interests in a more visual way.  Focusing on what’s most important to employers will tend to get you noticed as well.  For example, if a company focuses on volunteer or community service work aside from its overall business, you will want to show your interest in a cause you believe in by highlighting or even starting some volunteer or community service of your own.

If you have not yet jumped on the social media bandwagon when looking for internships and jobs, you may want to start. By highlighting your strengths, skills, and interests you will be branding yourself for future employers.

Each year more and more employers are using social media sites in their application process so it’s important to recognize that the internet does hold a special place for employers when they are assessing potential new hires and what’s on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram Profile can make the difference between getting hired or not.