Whether you are actively job searching or positioning yourself so you're prepared to job search in the future, you can use social media to engage with employers and to find a new job.
More companies than ever have shifted their recruiting strategies and are using social recruiting to connect with potential employees and advertise job openings.
Job seekers need to switch up their job search strategies and use social media, too. You might think that social media hiring is geared to just high-tech professionals, but that's not the case.
Walmart, for example, advertises new store hiring and other jobs on its Facebook Page. Follow UPS Jobs on Twitter, as another example, and you'll see job postings for every level of worker. Almost every company has a LinkedIn Company Page where you can view job postings and see who you are connected with at the company. You can follow the company to get regular updates.
You don't have to spend a lot of time connecting, but the time you do spend will pay off. You'll be able to see the latest job listings and engage with recruiters. If you are employed and you're careful about what you post and your privacy settings, you can connect without raising an "employee thinking about leaving" red flag with your current employer.
Here's how to use social media to connect with companies, find job listings, interact with recruiters, and boost your chances of securing an interview and getting hired.
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