So you're looking for a new job - time to get connected.
There are hundreds if not thousands of social networks available to join for anyone who has Internet access. This article looks briefly into two networks we think you need to have a presence on as a working professional looking for your next step.
LinkedIn is the largest business network on the web. There are over 75 million business professionals on LinkedIn.
When you register with LinkedIn, they create you a public profile - that is publicly visible on the web and you don't need to be a LinkedIn member to view. These are a fantastic tool for job seekers as it allows you to create what is essentially a public CV. And that's not the best bit - there is a section on your profile for recommendations. These basically act as written references and testimonials to your work. Potential employers can view your profile and see how valuable your colleagues, classmates and other connections view you and your work. Want to take it a step further? You can convert your profile into a PDF file, and print your recommendations into a professional looking document to take along to your interview.
What to do next? Add your Consultant to your connections. Here at Focus Management, our Consultants use all forms of social media to keep their candidates up to date with the latest vacancies. Why not head over to Our People on our website where you will find each Consultant's contact details and a link to their profile on LinkedIn.
How to use LinkedIn as a job seeker:
Complete your profile. The more information you add to your profile the better. If you get your profile to 100% completeness, you will be as searchable as possible.
Optimise your profile for keywords. When recruiters and employers use LinkedIn to find candidates, they will use the built in search function. This will pick keywords out of profiles and as a result will include users in the search results. You should think about adding keywords to your profile that people might search for. For example, if you work in New Product Development, it is wise to use the term NPD as well in your profile so you are covered from both definitions - the full terminology and the accepted abbreviation.
Twitter is a microblogging website used by 175 million people around the world. Each update or 'tweet' that you post contains 140 characters maximum.
Twitter is a great tool to use to be kept up to date with the latest jobs. Here at Focus Management we've always embraced social media and have as a result been using Twitter for some time now. We've got hundreds of followers split across our various twitter accounts - @FoodJob for the latest food jobs, @FocusChefs for the latest NPD chef jobs, @FocusInterim for the latest interim food vacancies and finally @FocusGradautes for graduate opportunities in the food and drink industry, You can follow your favourite employers and recruitment companies to receive their updates straight into your home feed.
You can also create lists - so to avoid having to flick through job tweets and tweets off your friends you can sort each person you follow into a list. You can create a 'Jobs' list, which will contain all employers and recruiters (e.g. @FoodJob) and can create other lists for other types of people you follow.