Social networking refers to the connection of individuals or organizations. Connections can come from education, values, ideas, financial exchanges, friends, web links, and more. A social network is the ties that connect varying individuals. Social networking services use software to build one’s networks online and form communities of shared interests, activities, and friends.
Employers are going online and searching for their candidates. They are using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to influence their hiring decisions, and sometimes have even revoked a candidate’s employment after viewing his/her online profile. It is extremely important that you adjust your privacy settings on your social networking accounts, and make sure that there are no photographs, comments, or activities that you would not want a boss, or grandparent for that matter, to see. Also, remember that friends of friends have access to your account—and there are loopholes for employers to view your information. The safest way to make sure that you remain in good standing with an employer, is to not put objectionable material on your account (photographs, activities, piercings, alcohol, blogs, comments, etc.). What you post on a friend’s page, or what a friend comments about on your page, is all fair game for the employer to use as evaluation criteria.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and more!
LinkedIn is an online network of more than 30 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries. LinkedIn’s simple philosophy: Relationships Matter.
Why Use LinkedIn?
LinkedIn is a great social networking tool for career management, personal branding, resumes, and to use in your job search. LinkedIn can help you grow your network and keep in touch with friends, family friends, professors, supervisors, coworkers, and more. Many companies are also using LinkedIn from a recruiting standpoint. Should you be interested in starting your own business, LinkedIn is a great tool for business development. If you attend any events or professional meetings, you can use LinkedIn to then connect or arrange face to face meetings with individuals attending or in the area. One of the helpful areas of LinkedIn is the vast number of groups; make sure to join and utilize the groups to find others interested in similar areas as yourself. You can also research and gain information on popular jobs, companies, and industries.
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Using Twitter for your #JobSearch??
Tips and tricks:
- Use #Hashtags when sending your own tweets related to your job search! If employers regularly search twitter for their industry then they may see your tweet and look into you as a candidate!
- Search #Hashtags for your industry! For instance, if you are searching for an internship in the biomedical field search #Biomedical
- You can also do general searches for job postings such as #JobSearch or #JobPosting
Be Follow Conscious-
- Make sure that you use who you follow to your advantage! If professional organizations within your field have twitter accounts follow them. They may tweet out opportunities both from within their organization or within companies they work closely with.
- Remember to follow the Career Development Center @CDCatWPI our office tweets out opportunities for students all the time!
- Be aware if companies or organizations follow you back, it’s important that you are aware of who is going to see what you tweet!
- Some industries have a #chat, this is when professionals tweet out questions with a specific hashtag so that people from all over the world can respond with their thoughts/ advice. #GetRealChat is held every Tuesday from 9-10am for those interested in business marketing topics. They have special guests that range from companies like At&t to IBM.
- If you engage in these chats then potential employers may have the pleasure of interacting with you before you even apply for a position. It is a great way to get your name out there!
- These strategies may require you to have an open twitter to participate. If you are opening yourself up to let professionals see what you post then make sure your profile, your tweets, AND your retweets are something you want them to see!
For more information please log-in to your Job Finder account and access the Social Networking Privacy podcast.Maintained by email@example.com
Last modified: September 09, 2013 12:59:19