Use Social Media to Land Your Dream Job

Use Social Media to Land Your Dream Job

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By Sylvia Jade
Monster Guest Contributor


Most of my fellow millennials use social media as a place for our selfies, showing people what we just ate, and sharing hilarious cat videos. But these social tools are often overlooked when it comes to looking for our dream job as new grads. This is really a shame since a study recently revealed 94 per cent of Canadian recruiters now use social media for recruiting.
 
In fact, I landed my dream job in marketing when recruiters came across my YouTube and social media channels – they saw how passionate I was online and reached out and offered me a job! They were thoroughly impressed with how active I was in the market, and it certainly made me stand out among other candidates that were less socially active and engaged.
 
The same can happen to you! But to make it easier, I’ve put together some great tips with the help of my friends at Monster.ca to help you ‘find better.’ I challenge each of you to not just settle for that underpaid job at that greasy fast food joint – chase your passion, just like I know you can! If you’re dreading every day at work, then maybe it’s time for you to find better.
 
My advice? Break out that smart phone and try some of these:
 
Sharpen your stalking skills.
The best job candidates get to know the companies they’re looking to work for so that they can cater their approach appropriately. Following the company’s Twitter, along with any other core executives within the company, is a great way to better understand the company’s culture. ‘Like’ them on Facebook to keep you updated on their latest news, and follow them on Instagram to see the fun they’re having. Then, once you’ve landed the interview, you can let your potential boss know how you’d fit into their culture, and how their last company dinner outing looked so delicious!
 
Do some bragging.
When you’re applying or being interviewed for a position, you’ll probably only get to briefly touch on your work and accomplishments. It puts you ahead of the competition when you have tangible work to show. Try putting together a blog that speaks about your experiences, and be sure to share it on social media. Personally, I have my own website that aggregates all my work and transforms it into an online portfolio. My employer had checked it out before our interview and even watched some of my videos! He loved seeing my work and it made for great conversation when it came down to the interview.
 
Stay social.
Make sure you’re consistent and active on your social media channels so that you don’t miss any opportunities to get the attention of potential employers. When you complete a new certification, receive a new award, or start on a new project, be sure to share it with your friends, followers, and connections. Also keep your photos, bio, skills, and education updated and current. When my employer found me online, he checked out all my digital media and saw how timely I was with my work. It played a big part in getting my job, as part of my job is to constantly stay on top of  trends and be active in the online world. He noticed that my skills were up to date with what the market was looking for, and he found all that out before he even met me in person!
 
Build your network net-worth.
Be sure your network is aware you’re looking for new opportunities – share articles that are relevant to job hunting, and let people know you’re newly graduated and ready to work! Don’t be scared to message possible connections, make introductions, and even post interesting job opportunities that you think your network might find useful. People are more willing to help you if you are willing to help them. I constantly have job opportunities sent my way, and I am more than willing to forward them on to others who have helped me in the past. If I found out a friend is looking for a job because they posted it on Facebook, I would pass the job opportunity along.
 
Landing your dream job is often highly competitive and requires you to pull out all the resources available to position yourself above other candidates. Using social media as support can be extremely helpful in today’s digital age. Monster Canada does more than just show you available job opportunities – they have tips and advice to share to help you land your dream job!