Thursday, July 4, 2013

Using social media to find your dream job

Getting your dream job will by no means be an easy feat. You will have to invest time, money and a lot of hard work into getting your dream job, so it’s certainly not a case of using social media as a way of securing the perfect job. However you might find that social media can be very beneficial to finding your perfect job; by utilizing social media in the right way, and spending enough time, you could find that social media puts you way out in front of your peers.

Find what options are available

In the modern world, social media is a wonderful way of finding out what sort of jobs are out there, and what you need to do to get those jobs. You can follow people on Twitter who are in the industry that you are interested in; ask them questions about their job and how they got where they are, or simply follow their tweets to see what their lives are like. The same applies to YouTube: there are a variety of experts making videos on all sorts of videos, and you might even be able to find their email addresses to ask them questions pertaining to their job.

What are the perks of the job?

One of the great things about the accessibility of social media is that you are able to look at exactly what you will gain from your dream job. Twitter is yet another great way to look at what it’s like to have the job – are the employees staying in five-star rated hotels on a regular basis? Do their instagram accounts show that they are often out to dinner or breakfast? Do the chefs you follow make Facebook posts about the celebrities they’ve seen? Just get to know and understand the job and what it’s like.

How did they get there?

Perhaps the most important question you need to ask those that you follow on social media is exactly how they got there. Did they use their qualifications, or was experience more important in getting their position? Twitter and Facebook are both very useful for being able to contact people who otherwise would be inaccessible to most of us.

Don’t rely solely on asking questions to those that you are interested in; see if they have made blog posts or YouTube about their job and read them before asking questions. There is a wealth of knowledge on the internet about many dream jobs, as long as you take the time to search for it.

Research companies that might employ you in the future

The majority of businesses nowadays are on social media sites, such as Facebook or Twitter. It’s not just the major corporations that are making use of this new technology – many smaller, family-run businesses are catching on to the usefulness of using social media. There are many ways you can find companies that you could approach for jobs – take a look at advertising websites, as well as the company Facebook page and Twitter feed. Use Google to find companies that have offices close to you as well; just use the internet is any way you can to locate companies which you can go on to approach in the future.

Contact those with your job

Network with people who are in the industry or have the job that you are interested in. Make a LinkedIn profile and see who you can network with – you never know how important the initial contact you make with current employees could be. Having someone who can put in a good word for you might be the best way to successfully find that perfect job.

How best to apply for the job

Once you have networked, see if you can find a way to get your foot into the door of the company. Ask current employees if they can keep you updated on any future positions opening, and make sure that you have emailed your resume to companies for future reference. Be careful not to scare off current employees by being too bold and bothering them: networking is a slow process, but in the end it is likely to pay off.

Korah Morrison, working for – the best student’s helper.

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