Social Media And The Job Hunter

The time has come where most of us are more than aware of how relevant social media and social networking is in both our business and our private lives.  Social media is the intersection of technology and human interaction.  It continues to embed itself in our lives and it is a well known fact that more and more of us seem to love to connect with each other. 

Traditional recruitment methods have been swallowed up by the prominence of social media and it has become a quick, easy and inexpensive way for employers to conduct a "background check" on prospective job applicants, utilising social media to verify the facts on resumes, to check out knowledge and attitudes expressed publicly (careful here everyone!!), and evaluate communications skills.


Increasingly, employers are also making use of social media to find qualified applicants and it is proving to be indispensable in identifying good job candidates.  LinkedIn, is the number one social network for job searches and social networking has therefore become a critical tool in your job search because it is being used more and more by recruiters.
Employers and recruiters are using social media more and using conventional job boards less with LinkedIn continuing to dominate the social networks used for recruiting. Facebook is the largest social network of them all and is a fantastic tool used to promote an employer as a great place to work.  Whilst it is less popular than LinkedIn for finding job seekers, there are still a considerable number of job posts seen on both Facebook and Twitter and the role they can play in the job search must not be underestimated in any way.  
Facebook is a social networking website that allows users to add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Users can join networks organised by city, workplace, and school or college.  Like LinkedIn, Facebook also offers company pages and for an organisation, it is a perfect marketing and recruitment tool.  Both Facebook and LinkedIn provide a platform that helps those who are looking for work as well as those would like to simply network professionally. 
Social media helps recruiters get a clear idea of who you are and what you have done before they even talk with you. They can also pick up clues about your personality and how you might fit into their corporate culture.
Within your use of social media, employers and recruiters can obtain a good indication of:
  • How well you communicate (your spelling, punctuation, and grammar as well as your ability to clearly communicate ideas)
  • Your work history and education
  • Your industry knowledge
  • Your use of alcohol
  • Your use of illegal substances
  • Your use of profanity
  • How you spend your non-work time 
Other popular social networks include which is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers.
Blogs are usually maintained by an individual who makes regular entries describing events, or posting other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject whilst others resemble more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic and readers have the ability to leave comments in an interactive format. 
Of course, there are many other sites comprising social media such as Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ and as technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, we can only guess at what the future will bring..

Published by Julie Jones