How to Use Social Networking to Boost Your Career

It can help your career if used correctly

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Social networking can be an integral part of your job search or career building - if you use it correctly. If you don't, even information you consider private like a photo posted on Facebook or a random comment on Twitter, could cost you your job and unexpectedly damage your career.

Below are great resources to help you learn how to use social networking to boost your career. You'll also find tips on what you shouldn't do when it comes to social media and your career - and that's just as important as what you should do.

What Is Social Job Searching?

Social job searching involves using social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter for job searching. Social media is used by both job seekers who are looking for employment opportunities, and companies looking to hire.

How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search 

It's important to build a social network in advance of when you need it. You should be prepared to be found on social media, whether it is a recruiter viewing your profile or an employer who you reached out to first. 

That being said, you'll need to do more than just have an online presence. 

It's most important to make sure your LinkedIn is built out comprehensively with your most recent employment information, and take responsibility to keep it up to date. Being proactive when it comes to social media can position you, so you are prepared to job search at any time - when you need to find a job or when you're are looking for a change. 

It's equally important to ensure your social profiles remain work-appropriate if they are public. It's common for employers to Google candidates, so make sure your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest don't contain anything that could hinder you from getting a job.

Beyond keeping your profile fresh and professional, you should also make an effort to stay active online. Talk to your connections on Twitter or the other networking sites. Join Groups on LinkedIn and Facebook, post and join the discussion. Be engaged and proactive in your communications.

How Employers Use Social Media to Recruit

It's very important to consider your online presence, as more and more employers have been expanding their hiring procedures to incorporate social networking sites. Hiring managers and recruiters use social media to source candidates, to post jobs, and to accept job applications.

Social media job searching sites can help hiring managers to get a more clear sense of their potential employees and their backgrounds before they have even interacted. Social media makes it easy for recruiters to understand you better; your likes, dislikes, and how you might fit within the company. 

Using Social Networking to Boost (or Bust) Your Career

10 Reasons Social Media Should Rock Your World
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Using Social Networking in Your Internship Search
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Protecting Your Privacy Online
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Using Social Media in the Workplace
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The Best Social Networking Sites for Job Searching
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Using LinkedIn for Recommendations, Networking, and Recruiting

How to Use LinkedIn
How to use LinkedIn as part of your job search, including how to increase your visibility and connections, so employers and recruiters can find you.

Use LinkedIn for Recruiting Employees
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Resources for Using Facebook as a Professional

Facebook and Job Search Privacy Tips
If you are a Facebook user and are concerned about employers (or others) seeing the personal information that you have on Facebook, you can change your privacy settings so only certain people, like your friends or other students, can view your profile.

How to Use Twitter for Your Job Search and Business

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Twitter has become more and more important to the music industry, but to get the most bang for your buck, you've got to be smart about how you use it. This tips from Heather McDonald will help you maximize your Twitter success factor.

Twitter Job Search Tips
When you're seeking employment, Twitter can be an effective part of your job search strategy. Used in conjunction with LinkedIn, job search engines, and other job sites, Twitter can help you make connections, find job listings, and build a personal brand that will help boost your career and expedite your job search.