12 Most Creative Ways to Get A Job with Social Media
When people think of social media in the workplace, it is normally something you stay away from. If anything, being on Facebook and Twitter at work is associated with losing your job. But what if I told you that you can actually use social media to find a job?
Here are 12 most creative ways to use social media when looking for a job:
1. Twitter chats
One of the more modern ways to scout potential employees, companies are turning to Twitter chats to find engaging, knowledgeable candidates. Try hashtags like #jobhuntchat to join in on the fun.
2. Facebook ads
Facebook targeting allows you to get very specific. You can target by company, job title, city, and more. Whether you target an ad to your dream company’s HR department or to a specific person thanking them for an interview, it is a great (and inexpensive) way to get noticed.
3. Video resume
Who needs a paper resume when we have YouTube? Create a concise, professional video and really show your future employer your personality.
4. Twitter search
Twitter has a pretty advanced search tool if you go to search.twitter.com. Search terms like “internship,” “need job,” etc. and you will find tons of employers tweeting job postings.
5. Facebook page interaction
The fasted way to interact with a company you want to work with is liking their Facebook page. Be an engaging fan and stand out to those monitoring the page. If you provide insightful comments, you may stand out as a potential job candidate.
6. “Get introduced”
On LinkedIn you are supposed to friend only those you know well. However, you can “get introduced” to those you don’t know through your connections. Use your connections to reach HR representatives and high level execs.
7. Following CEOs
Most (not all) CEOs tweet for themselves. Normally, the brand is the one getting most of the @replies, not the CEO. If you tweet directly at the CEO, or any other decision-maker at the company, you will likely receive a response.
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9. LinkedIn jobs
LinkedIn’s job platform is not only very advanced, but also highly used by employers around the world. Check often and sign up for email digests so LinkedIn can send job recommendations straight to you.
If you plan on applying for a job in social media, the typical resume isn’t going to cut it. A creative infographic will help you stand out. You don’t need a graphic design background to make one. There are tons of sites, such as visual.ly, that will help you create the perfect graphic.
11. Following resources
There are tons of Twitter handles that are focused on providing job resources. Following sources like @InternQueen, @intern, @socialmediajobs will assist in your job hunt.
12. LinkedIn company groups
Similarly to writing on Facebook pages of companies you want to work for, joining company LinkedIn groups will have the same effects. Plus, companies will post jobs in these groups too!
Are these things time consuming and difficult? Not really. But they can land you a job in social media. Start tweeting and posting your way to a job instead of minimizing your Facebook every time your boss walks by!
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