Networking Your Way Into a Job

Anyone involved with job seeking knows the importance of networking. We are very fortunate today to have the technological capabilities to reach out and spread our virtual finger tips over the social networking sites that are out there. If this is done right, you may just link yourself up with a job faster than you ever thought.

It’s not surprising to see many companies utilizing the social networking sites to market their ideals, services, and products. They are also taking advantage of the enormous outreach these social networks have and are now starting to seek out employees from them. Along with seeking out potential employees, they also utilize these sites as a way to get better acquainted with new or potential hires. So, even though social networking could be a Godsend, it could also mean the death of your professional life if your social networking isn’t done right.

Below you will find some tips, suggestions, and so forth on the safest, most efficient ways to tweet, post, blog, ping, and poke your way into your next job.

1. The first thing you need to do is to make yourself more visible to the masses. You can do this by posting your resume on various employment sites, and even your own web page. You also want to consider joining some social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Myspace. You are looking to create a professional profile- this is vitally important. These profile pages are not to be posts pages for friends and such to share intimate details about your life. This is where many folks make the mistake. Businesses access these sites to gather further background on candidates- so keep it clean and simple.
2. Make your personal profile private. In other words, block anyone outside your immediate personal social circle from seeing your personal silly side. Potential employers don’t need to see that your bud or girlfriend got tanked last night, or you hooked-up with so and so. You don’t want them having access to the personal information about your outside life that may cause them to pre-judge you. Many times, friends and family make comments that are degrading or inflammatory- even if they were just kidding, a potential employer may think otherwise.
3. Watch what you post, tweet, or ping to other people. Even if you believe that what you’re posting is only going to be viewed by a few, it may reach someone who is affiliated with an interviewing business. You’ll read constantly that someone got hired for a job, then went and posted something derogatory about the HR rep, the business, or the job itself. You’ll later read that folks affiliated with that company saw the posting and informed all parties involved- obviously resulting in the job offer being rescinded. It’s all true, it happens, so don’t do it.
4. When creating a profile about yourself, you really need to sell it. You are the marketable good and you’re looking for a buyer, so place your best foot forward and let your skills shine through print. Once that is accomplished, you need find avenues that will draw potential employers to your site. Be sure to inform all friends, family, and business associates that you’re looking for a job and give them the link address to your page. You can also create back-links to your page by writing brief articles about a subject in your field and posting it in an article directory. Many folks join blog sites and list their link way, while others will promote themselves through LinkIn and Twitter. encourages jobseekers to utilize whatever avenues are available to them to help them find a job.