Social Media and the Job Search

by Elaina

As the big move is coming up very quickly, I’ve had job searching on the mind a lot this week. Maybe it’s confirmation bias, but there’s also been a few stories that bubbled up in my networks recently about using social media and online communication to help job seekers. So for this week’s Favorite Finds Friday collection, I’m rounding up the best of those posts for you:

12 Most Little Known Tricks to Use On LinkedIn by Shelly Kramer, 12 Most. LinkedIn is a fantastic tool for any job seeker or for anyone looking to maintain a good professional network. This post gives some great tips to assist you as you look for a new position, including telling you how to keep your activities secret in case you aren’t ready yet to make your searching public.

5 Dumb Mistakes Job Seekers Make on Twitter by Noel Rozney, YouTern. This is a good quick start guide for job seekers looking to use Twitter to make connections. Following these etiquette tips will help you make connections that will be valuable to your job search.

4 Tools for Finding the Perfect Job by Lauren Hockenson, Mashable. In this post from Mashable, you’ll learn about 4 new tools to aid in job searching including one that will review your resume against a job description, one to help you find networking opportunities, one to put you in front of more recruiters, and one for investigating the work environment at prospective employers. A great post to save!

16 Ways Blogging Can Enhance Your Nonprofit Career by Rosetta Thurman. I’m obviously already a convert to this line of thinking, but Rosetta lays out key reasons why blogging is a great addition to your job search.

Facebook Tells Users Not to Give Passwords to Employers As Senate Prepares Anti-Snooping Bill by Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo. The stories of job seekers being asked for their social media passwords have been around for a while, but they became top stories this week. For those of you in that position, keep in mind that Facebook is advising their users not to give over their passwords not only out of concern for the prospective employee in question, but for the information that all of their friends. As the Senate is currently pushing through legislation to ban this practice, employers may find themselves in a sticky legal situation if they pursue this practice.


Are you looking for new a new position? What social media advice would you offer to job seekers?