Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn. We all have fun connecting with friends and family on these sites, but you can use these sites to network with professionals, too. It’s common knowledge hiring managers review social media profiles to get to know you better, so you definitely want to put your best foot forward. Here are some tips to help you use these sites to successfully connect, interact with and impress hiring managers:
Demonstrate Knowledge About Your Field
This might come as a no-brainer, but hiring managers want to hire job seekers who know a thing or two about their industry. Show your knowledge by retweeting industry stories, posting articles on LinkedIn and Facebook, or even create a board on Pinterest about your industry. Not only will your knowledge shine, your interest and passion about your field will show, too.
Network, Network, Network
Follow professionals on Twitter or connect with them on LinkedIn. The more people you’re connected to, the more links to your dream job. After you connect, nurture the relationship by retweeting them and liking their statuses.
Think Before You Post
While writing your next tweet or status, think twice and review it before you click “Post.” Do not use inappropriate language, watch out for grammar errors and avoid content, in general, that can be deemed controversial. You definitely don’t want to offend the hiring manager looking at your profile.
Here are some little things you can do to enhance your profile during the job hunt:
- Keep your profile picture consistent across your professional profiles, as it helps your personal brand recognition. Different haircuts in different profile pictures can confuse hiring managers.
- Schedule tweets and status updates to help ensure your profile is consistently updated.
- Show a little personality on your profiles by talking about current events, favorite musicians or sports teams on occasion.
Social media sites are meant to be enjoyable, so even though you might be using yours during your job search, always remember to have fun, too!