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How To Find A Job Via Social Media
I always tell this tale whenever I’m doing a Business Talk – but in 1999, when some of you weren’t even born, the internet changed my life.

A normal kid from a normal background who at college decided to set up a music website from his bedroom … and whom 6 months later got quite a well-paid freelance journalism job from a stranger in London.

I haven’t looked back since and even now when I’m helping small businesses with Social Media Marketing – I trace back my current success to believing in the power of the internet back in 1999

Opportunities have never been greater for people who are prepared to use the internet, as much for work, as they are for keeping in touch with friends

And that is why I want to tell you “How to Use Social Media to Find a Job”

If you haven’t heard of a young girl called Paris Brown – do a quick search on google after reading this article

In short – she was a 17 year old girl who got the £15,000 job of the Youth Crime Commissioner. Offensive posts on Twitter from years previous came back to haunt her and she lost the job just days after it was announced

Now she was in a very public position in the publice eye, but regardless of what some HR people say – it’s likely if you apply for a job they’ll search your name on Facebook to get a picture of who you are outside of your CV

4 things to do
1. Check your Facebook profile photo and cover photo portrays you in the best light from an employer’s perspective – it can still be you and personal and friendly
2. Check your Facebook privacy settings are set to friends only – so that anything you do post by accident isn’t in the public domain
3. Check which facebook pages / groups you have joined over the years – and check there is nothing to raise eyebrows
4. Use Twitter Advanced Search – – for any swear words, abuse or anything that portrays you in a bad light – and delete those tweets

You could have thousands of successful posts on Social Media and some people will find issue with 1 failure or lapse of judgement

We’ve talked a lot about LinkedIn for business use in the past – here’s some tips if you work within a business

Many of them are relevant for job seekers as well so do read, but for Job Seeking this is the most relevant part

“I’ve got a LinkedIn and I do connect with people, but I’ve not updated that new position I moved into 12 months ago” is another sentence that we hear in most LinkedIn sessions

If part of LinkedIn is a very public CV – why would you have out of date information there and not shout about your latest career advancement or job move

Be proud of every step you take and let the world know

A massive part of LinkedIn is how positive other business people are about your career progression
Now all that’s done – you can get on with the applying for jobs

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Businesses quite often will try and fill a role from their own customer base / fans before going to more traditional methods of recruitment

Every single day I see local businesses advertise for jobs – both part time roles and full times roles

To make sure you don’t miss out – do the following
1. Like all local business pages on Facebook from businesses you’d like to work for / businesses that regularly take on staff
2. Join a specific Facebook job group like ” ” – there’s always new local jobs advertised
3. Join local Sale, Altrincham groups and use the Facebook Search option top right of the group to search the word job
4. Set up a saved search on Twitter for jobs in the local town – simply type job altrincham / job #saletown / job urmston etc in the search bar and click save search so it appears in the drop down menu

Word of warning – these are few and far between on these platforms – but be wary of adverts offering “work from home” / “work around your busy family life” – they are often not salaried roles and require you to buy in to an opportunity

Do More Then The Average

So you’ve made sure you’re Social Media looks squeaky clean. You’ve searched social media and found the perfect job – the next stage is getting through the covering letter stage and excelling at interview stage

And a little note for you here – 90% of covering letters suck!!!

Bland clichés that have been written before the day I was born – “I work well on my own and as part of a team” / “Hard Working And Dedicated” / “This Is Exactly the Kind of Role I’m Looking For” – well done for stating the obvious

Use Social Media to rise above the blandness and show you have some real interest in the company you want to work for

Every single day on Social Media, the company that you’re applying for a job with, will be pushing the latest news about what the company are up to

Reference that in your covering letter. Show them you’re taking note. Show them you care.

And then once you get the interview do the research again

Very few others will do this – you’ll stand out as way above average and it puts you in a good position to get hired
There’s a saying in business called Givers Gain – help others and you help yourself

Think about how you can adapt that idea in your own job search

If whilst doing all of the above activity for your own job search – you’re thinking of friends and family members who are looking for work and keep letting them know about job opportunities – the help will come back at you like a

Givers Gain – look out for jobs for other people on Social Media and they’ll look out for jobs for you. It’s like having an army of 10 people helping you out

Everything I’ve talked about above us reactive – meaning you’re waiting for someone else to put the job out, to tell you about their latest news, for a friend to look out for a job for you

What I want to talk about in this last point is the proactive stuff you can do long-term to draw people to you, rather than you look for it

And all of it you can do with a smart phone or a computer … and an internet connection

We’ve all read in the media about people who set up a blog or a youtube channel and suddenly made a career out of it

The ones you know about are on the national stage – but these sort of things happen all the time on a smaller level, where you get passionate about your niche and suddenly someone offers you a job

If people are aware of you. People can offer you stuff. So whilst looking for the day to day job – why not aim big – follow your passion and set up a blog / youtube channel that you work on at least once a week.

Tell us what this brings you if you stick at it for a year


Alex McCann

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