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Social Networking – How you can make it work for you

We know that looking for a new job can sometimes feel like a job on its own. While it’s a great opportunity to expand your career path, it can also be a little daunting to ensure you’ve got every little detail covered during your job hunt.

 

It’s all about who you know

Traditionally, having access to the pick of the jobs has relied on the relationships you’ve developed with recruiters and contacts in your industry. In this digital age, the importance of your professional network remains, but the way that you can manage it has changed. Access to social media tools means that your network can be managed, maintained and grown in a less time-consuming but more effective way than before – even when you’re not actively looking for a new role you be headhunted and offered a new opportunity.

 

You have to stay connected

Most of us use social networking sites to stay in touch with friends and family but there’s another part to it as well… Business networking and staying connecting with colleagues and having a well-adjusted business relationship can make sure that you always have a plan B.

If it’s simple enough to share photos with your friends, it’s simple enough to develop a professional network online that will set you up for success during your job hunt.

 

Building your online network

Many recruiters and industry professionals use LinkedIn as a way to network, stay in touch and share business related ideas and advice.

But every industry is different so do research to find out where the recruiters in your sector operate, and create yourself an online presence and start building your network.  A good starting point is to search for recruitment contacts within your industry and get in touch to introduce yourself.

 

Complete your profile

This may be something you’ve had a go at previously without much luck, but a little bit of effort initially will pay off long term

The trick is to ensure that your profile is as complete as possible so that when you contact recruiters in your industry they can understand you better and are able to assist you as effectively as possible

Be noticed…

To get yourself noticed online, these are the following steps you should take to ensure that your profile is ready for your job hunt:

  • Include a professional headshot of yourself on your profile.
  • Complete as much information as possible about your current position and previous job history, including achievements and training
  • Detail your education history
  • Ask for recommendations from clients and line managers to publicly endorse the good work that you do.

It’s your skills that count too

While online professional networking is never going to replace the fundamental steps involved in getting yourself a new position, it’s definitely something that can make the whole process a little easier.

Before you embark on connecting online, make sure that your CV is up-to-date and ready to be presented to recruiters and hiring managers.

 

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