Networking & Social Media
Tap Into the Hidden Job Market
Networking allows you to tap into the hidden job market. Eighty to eighty-five percent of jobs available are not advertised. Many times a job opens up within a company and candidates are referred through existing employees or industry contacts. One in seven employee referrals is hired. Only one in one hundred general candidates is hired.
What does this mean for you?
It’s important for you to build a strong network of contacts to increase the likelihood that you will be one of those referrals. Download the Networking Career Tipsheet to learn who to contact and how to network.
Use LinkedIn.com to Enhance your Networking Strategy
LinkedIn is a great social networking tool for career management, personal branding, resumes, and networking. Download the LinkedIn and Your Job Search Career Tipsheet for information on how to use the tool so that potential employers will notice you.
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Use the Power of Social Media to Your Benefit, Not Against You
Social media is a powerful way to network and search for a job. You should use Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to let your contacts know you are looking for a job.
However, it’s important that you assess your current postings, comments, and photos to make sure you are presenting yourself in the most professional way possible. Employers are searching these sites for information on candidates. Postings do influence hiring decisions. In some cases, employers have revoked offers after viewing profiles.
The safest way to make sure that you remain in good standing with an employer is to not put objectionable material on your account. Anything you post on a friend’s page, or comments a friend makes on your page, is all fair game for employers to use as evaluation criteria.