Over the past several years, social media has changed how we network, search for jobs, and grow our careers. As savvy internet users, today’s college graduates are in a unique position to apply their social media knowledge to find work – from internships to entry-level jobs.
For the millions of college graduates preparing to enter the workforce this spring, it’s a great time to consider how to use social media to jump-start their careers. If used strategically, your social media presence may just help you find your first job. Follow these tips if you're interested in learning how to use social media in your job search.
Begin your social media clean-up by checking out your accounts’ privacy settings. Consider making your accounts unavailable to the general public or limiting which posts are publicly displayed.
If you choose to leave your profiles unprotected, do a quick scan of your information, and consider taking down any compromising pictures or posts. Any blatantly inappropriate or controversial content could result in points against you as a job candidate. Companies consider how you, a prospective employee, advertise yourself.
If you would like your social media profiles to do some of the talking during your job search, make sure they present you in a professional manner. Choose professional headshots/profile pictures and consider leaving out the filters.
Use your resume information to help fill out your online profiles, keeping your information consistent. If you’re a recent graduate, you may not have much work experience just yet, so consider listing any relevant coursework that could set you apart from other applicants. You might also include volunteer experience and share work samples or links to school projects relevant to your desired career path.
Once your profiles are updated, you can begin networking. Here are a few ways to get started:
Now that you know how to start networking on social media, let’s review some of the key social media platforms and why they’re beneficial for recent grads:
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