With the creation of the Facebook Graph Application, Mark Zuckerburg has proved that Facebook can compete with any social media platform, including LinkedIn. Last Tuesday, the company announced the introduction of a search tool that will allow people to connect by interest and location. This tool is going to be a huge asset for human resources and recruiters alike. Danny Rubin at the Huffington Post purports the example of a potential employer seeking out an employee who is fluent in French. The Graph Application allows this employer to search for a fluency in French within a Facebook profile. The employer could filter to have the search include ‘friends of friends’ or ‘friends of co-workers’. Predictions indicate this tool will be extremely useful because it allows employers to use their own immediate networks (which they already trust the most) to find a great hire.
Now that you know your Facebook profile could be analyzed in the near future by human resource departments, it may be time you made changes to increase your chance of a hire. Because the tool connects via pre-existing networks, it is important that you think critically before you delete your friends. Your friends can connect you to their networks which will allow for an increase in the number of people that can search for you. This makes sense if you think of Facebook as a new networking opportunity. The logic is don’t burn unnecessary bridges. Another way to increase your potential hire appeal is to make sure you list your full job title. You have to let these companies be aware of your experience in say photography or graphic design. If it is an applicable skill, go ahead and list it in your about me section. The next tip is to make sure your ‘like’ section is filled with companies you would like to connect with. However, this section could be used against your social profile if what you have chosen to like is damaging to your image. Basically, resist the urge to like anything profane or controversial. If you do feel the need to keep some of your more questionable interests or likes then Mashable suggests that you make sure you are adjusting your privacy settings accordingly.
Prior to launching this application, Facebook put up a Job Board search as part of its Social Jobs Partnership Initiative along with the U.S. Department of Labor Initiatives. It doesn’t stop there. Did you know Facebook right now has a plethora of job search applications for job seekers? For example, Be Known is Monster’s Facebook application that will update you with job and internship postings. There is an application called Business Cards which enables users to create personalized messages like a virtual business card that will sync with your Facebook profile. There are also applications like Hire My Friend that lets you to promote your job seeking friends. Furthermore, there are informational applications like Salary that give you insights on salary in a variety of fields. These applications are just the beginning. For a complete list you can use the Facebook Application Search and filter via jobs or resumes and see for yourself what beneficial applications you have been missing!
Since, Mark Zuckerburg is getting paid handsomely I suggest you let him and the Facebook team help you succeed in your own job search.
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The first step to using your Twitter to find a job is to ensure your Twitter is acceptable for the work place. Now I’m not pointing any fingers, but some of us on Twitter have a tendency to tweet whatever pops into our heads before we critically think about what we are putting online. Sometimes these thoughts are just funny quips but other times they can be damaging to your social image. A good rule before you send a tweet is to think ‘would I say this in front of a past boss?’ If the answer is yes, please proceed. But if the answer is no then trust me and don’t send that tweet because no one is going to think you are a comic genius anyway and it might just cost you the job.
Some of you are wondering if a company would even look at your online profiles. Many people don’t realize that their twitter profiles can be traced back to them. As of last June, statistics show that “50 percent of mid-sized companies and almost all large corporations use an applicant tracking system to screen candidates for job opportunities.” With the creation of more advanced tracking systems, human resource departments have increased access to what they refer to as your “social resume”. The point here is, don’t rule out the possibility that your potential employer hasn’t looked at your twitter.
Now that I’ve expressed my caveat about using this social media platform, we can discuss how useful it can be. An article posted by Dr. Sarah David purports that 42% of employers use Twitter to tweet candidates for job opportunities. A great article was posted on “Your HR Buddy” that details the top 10 recruiters on twitter. This is a great starting point. Be sure to start following these recruiters in your field. You can also use the Twitter search tools to look for recruiters that specialize in your industry. The advanced search tool on Twitter allows you to narrow your search to location and specific trends so you can find more relevant information.
In addition to searching for job postings, you can use Twitter to engage with others with similar interests. I encourage you to find ongoing conversations related to your field or with potential employers. Get involved in these ongoing dialogues and get someone to notice you. It is highly recommended that you use the ‘hashtag’ tool to tag phrases related to intriguing job postings. If you use Twitter to interact with potential employers, you just might tweet your way into a job!
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U.S. unemployment and underemployment statistics are still a major issue effecting job seekers in our economy. Fortunately with the rise of social media as a job searching tool in recent years, sites such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter make the job hunt more accessible.
Make a list of target companies that offer roles on your projected career path. Follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn, and “like” their Facebook pages. This is a great way to stay up to date on the latest highlights, job openings and fillings. You should also check to see if you are connected to current employees at a company of interest. You may surprise yourself and discover you have a strong 3rd party connection somewhere.
It may also prove beneficial to reach out to individuals on already on your desired career path – perhaps friends of friends, college alumni, etc. Ask questions about how they arrived where they are now and advice you can follow to get there. You can also ask if they can refer you to another professional, but do not be straightforward and ask for a job on the spot. Remember, social networking is here to provide you some extra ease for connecting with business professionals and finding you a career – use it wisely.
Don’t rule out attending events in your area because you have an online presence. One on one interaction is always an added plus when networking. You have the ability to leave someone with a more memorable impression of you.
Here are some great rules when networking at an event:
- Try to avoid idle chatter. Sincere interest in the other person is the objective.
- If you want a successful event, talk your server staff, the event manager, the valet, not just the attendees.
- Try to speak positively—whether about other people, the event you’re at, or even the conversations you’re in.
- If the conversation has run its course, graciously exit. Then be the first with a follow-up email, a thank-you note, or an appreciative call.
For more rules to follow when networking, click here.
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It is no secret companies today look at professional online profiles. LinkedIn is the primary professional networking site, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your other online profiles. It is up to you to update and maintain a current and professional profile. Some tips to optimize your online profile for potential employers are listed below.
- Keep it up to date – whenever you have an update, post it.
- Refresh your keywords and specialties – search online for common words that best describe what you do and use these key words organically.
- Be aware – create multiple online profiles and a personal blog and make sure they are all connected to enhance your personal search rankings.
- Get the recognition you deserve – all legitimate recognitions should be included in your profiles.
For more helpful tips on creating an attractive professional profile click here.
It is important to note recruiters are constantly seeking out passive job candidates for their highly selective corporate clients. Once you know and understand the methods recruiters utilize in their hunt, you can position yourself as the talented passive candidate they covet.
Here are four tactics recruiters use on LinkedIn specifically.
- Recruiters look for people who use the same vocabulary as their clients.
- Recruiters hunt for people who command the respect of their peers and supervisors.
- Recruiters seek experts and thought leaders.
- Recruiters scout for people wherever they can find them.
There are many other strategies you can successfully employ, but these four provide the basis to create a solid LinkedIn presence. Good luck with your job hunt!
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Did you know a recent survey found that over one-third of U.S. companies have Facebook in their sites as the primary tool for social recruiting in 2012? Job seekers will see substantial developments in social this year.
Data from Jobscience’s research shows:
- Social recruiting isn’t going away anytime soon
- Facebook is the most important social recruiting tool behind LinkedIn
- LinkedIn is anticipated to be the most used tool for recruiting with 57 percent of respondents expecting to use the tool more than job boards, email marketing, and referral programs
- Twitter is the least important social network for recruiting
Online recruiting research lab Potentialpark found that HR professionals prefer interacting with students, graduates and early career professionals on Facebook.
- The corporate career website continues to be the hub of top employer’s talent communication online and offline
- Mobile media still has some catching up to do – only 21% of global top employers have a mobile careers websites or career related app
- Microblogging and blogs are effective niche channels
Using social networks to find candidates for current job openings has become a common strategy for recruiters. For more information on this subject, visit Jobscience’s blog. To see a list of the Top 15 in Online Talent Communications and additional statistics from Potentialpark, click here.
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We love discovering new sites that encourage job seekers to be creative while giving options to publicize their search and brag about their experiences.
Thank you, Eugene Woo, for creating Vizualize.me. It reminds us of About.me except there are more fields that elaborate on your past work experience and education. The main difference is Vizualize.me focuses on you and your job search instead of just you.
When you first register with the site there is an option to sign in with LinkedIn, which parses all experience listed on your LI profile onto your new Vizualize.me page. You have the freedom to edit content, color, and layout.
Here are some fun options to play around with; all of which can be parsed automatically upon signing in with LinkedIn:
- Awards & Honors
- Six themes and layouts to choose from
- Color for layout, theme, and content
One of the features we love most about the site is the option to interact and share your Visualize.me page. There is a “Share” option on the top right corner with option to embed a button on your blog or website. There are also various social media buttons where you can blast out your new creative and eye grabbing professional profile.
Good luck with your Vizualize.me page. We hope to see you on their soon!
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