Can These Free Social Media Tools Help You Land Your Next Job?
You probably know that social media can be used enrich your job search, but are you making full use of the tools available to you? More importantly, are you aware of all the resources available to you? Surely you are familiar with the top dogs: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and so on; however, there are many other lesser known social media sites and apps that can help make your job search a lot less painful and even somewhat enjoyable. In this article, we will look at several of these social media tools, describe what they do, and how they might help you land your next job.
An acronym for “If This, Then That,” IFTTT allows you to connect “seemingly unconnected” applications, called recipes, to help make managing your social life a little less of a hassle. With the help of IFTTT, you can take photos, resumes, and material posted originally posted on your other social media accounts and make them “native” to a desired new location. IFTTT is the perfect tool for you if you are looking to broaden your audience but do not have the time to manage carefully multiple social media accounts at a time. Even better, IFTTT allows you to set up alerts to remind you to look for newly available jobs!
Think you might have some inappropriate Spring Break pictures on your Facebook or Instagram account that might send employers running? Worried that you might have forgotten about past posts that might make employers question your ethics? With the help of Clear, you can quickly search all of your social media accounts—Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to name a few—for any photos or posts that might cost you the job of your dreams and your professional reputation. If you are just starting your job search, make the process a little less frightening with Clear! The less information about you that is less than flattering, the better you will fare on the job market overall and the better you will feel when talking to potential employers.
3. Twitter Advanced Search
Who knew that one of the most invaluable tools was right under your nose all this time? With the Twitter Advanced Search, you can search the innumerable character posts going out each day. Further, with Twitter Advanced Search, you can type in common phrases like “I’m hiring” and hashtags like “#jobs” to find potentially lucrative avenues that you might not have discovered using your traditional job searching methods. Even if you already have a job interview lined up, you can use Twitter Advanced Search to research more about the company and learn those little precise details that will certainly impress your interviewer, making you a more memorable candidate. Beyond that, though, you can learn information about the company that might help you personally. Has the company recently appeared in the news for unfavorable reasons? What do current and past employers have to say about their jobs? Knowing these things can help make narrowing down your list a little easier!
4. Your Resume
Do not underestimate the power of the very thing that makes you you on the job market, what makes employers give you a second look: your resume! True, your resume may not be a social media tool technically, but you can use it when searching for jobs to make the hunt more successful. Monster Social Job Ads, for instance, can use your resume and social media data to help match you with the perfect-fit jobs. Not to mention, having your resume readily available on sites like LinkedIn and Monster, up-to-date and full of keywords, can lead employers to you!
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How are you managing your social media? Would you like some help in landing a new coveted position with your social media and other tools and resources? If so, contact a Career Counselor with Lexacount Search’s Career Consulting Services. If you are interested in learning more about open finance and accounting industry opportunities, contact a Search Consultant in Lexacount Search’s Finance Group. Or, if you are interested in partner, counsel, or associate-level position, contact a Search Consultant in Lexacount Search’s Legal Group.