14 Ways to Use Social Networking to Enhance Your Career (Turn Your Hashtag into Hired!)

September 14, 2012  |  

 

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Most recently, it’s been advised that people keep social networking and their jobs separated from each other. With employers asking for Facebook passwords and employees being fired over Internet posts, many have created a divide between social networking and their job. However, on the flip side, social networking can be quite useful in enhancing and improving your career. Here are 14 ways how!

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Use it to network.

Clearly social networking is used to network amongst friends and family members, but it can also be a great environment to network with current and future employers.

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Share your resume virtually.

Websites such as LinkedIn are the perfect way to get your resume seen. With the right resume and the right eyes, you may land a dream job.

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Use it to find a job.

With your resume posted and a professional network on the horizon, you can easily find a job by using social networking website. Nowadays it’s common for employers to post their hiring campaigns.

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Keep up on career trends.

Social networks are full of information and by using social networks, you’ll be able to stay up-to-date on employment trends, statistics, and current issues.

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Talk to current employees.

If you’re looking to move to a new job, social networking allows you to talk to current employees to get a feel for the company and any perks.

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Showcase yourself.

Though it may seem a bit arrogant in person, with social networking you can flaunt yourself as much as you want. Showcase all of your knowledge and let it shine — it may just get you a job.

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Communicate with businesses.

Since companies are likely to have social network profiles, social networking will allow you to directly interact and communicate with companies you’re interested in working for.

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Increase your knowledge.

Online you’ll find all sorts of professionals who readily provide career tips and advice on a variety of social network websites. Find this information and use it!

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Tools galore.

With social media networks there are all sorts of online and mobile tools that can be used for career purposes including resume creators and editors.

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Share your work.

Using social networking is a great way to get your work seen. Are you proud of a white paper you’ve recently written? If so, share it and see who comments on it.

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The first step.

Nowadays it seems a bit out of the ordinary to do something without involving the Internet. The great part about social networking sites is that they can be the first step towards finding and communicating with employers.

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Promote your business.

If you own a business or if you provide some sort of service or product, social networking sites are the perfect way to spread the word.

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Network within your existing employer.

If you work for a large-scale company, social networking websites will allow you to meet and communicate with others who also work with the same company. This is a great way to make new coworkers as well as to find new internal job possibilities.

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