Social Media and Job Search/Networking – Where do you start?

Social Media, Social Networking, Web 2.0 – people throw these terms around and talk about how these tools can help you with your job search and improve your professional networks, but where do you start? In the following video, I offer my suggestions for what three sites you should check out if you’re new to using social media for job search. (The video is geared to college students and recent grads, but ANYONE interested in using social media for job search/networking purposes can benefit.)

Social Media & Job Search/Networking – Where do you start? (video embedded)
You may need to turn up audio all the way (am working on fixing this for future videos)

(A full screen viewing option is available – click “Fullscreen View” in bottom right hand corner.)
Additional information:
Resume Phrase (samples by major and common campus jobs)
Using Twitter for Job Search and Networking
Twitter Basics Video: Using Tweetdeck for Job Search and Networking
The Real Way to Get a Job Using Social Media Revealed by Dan Schawbel
Audio Interview with @FreedomCoach (Howard Sambol of Breakthrough Coaching) about accessing the hidden job market and using social media

6 comments on “Social Media and Job Search/Networking – Where do you start?”

  1. Kelly Giles Reply

    You’re tweeting all kinds of things I’m interested in today. I saw this and had to share my own story about social media and job searching — that’s how I found my job!

    In the last semester of college (I graduated May of 09), I was debating between law school and getting a job. I was reading that with the economy, it was smart to start a social media campaign, so that’s what I did, in case I decided to go the the law school route.

    I started tweeting and blogging about Web 2.0 job-search strategies. Through Twitter, I got in touch with a great lawyer turned career counselor in Maine (I’m from North Carolina). She helped me decide law school wasn’t for me, and also took an interest in my job search. We tweeted and e-mailed for a few months. Then about a month ago, she connected me with a company that creates Web-based career development software in Durham, NC. I met with the company, and within a week, I had a job as a social media strategist.

    What’s really funny is a few weeks prior, my dad said, “You’re going to have to send out resumes at some point. This whole social media thing probably won’t land you a job.” I don’t know if it would work for everyone, but it worked for me.

  2. Tessa Reply

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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