5 Essential Social Media Tips For Your Job Hunt

The new year will be here before we know it and college seniors will soon be taking to the streets, heading to web and networking events in hopes of landing a job post-graduation. Any modern job search requires more than just a resume and portfolio, however. Here are five essential social media tips from creative staffing agency, Vitamin T, which job seekers should consider when embarking on their job search.

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Use keywords

Searching for a person online is like searching for a book in Powell’s and not knowing the author. It is important to use keywords in your LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and other social media bios so you are easier to find. If you’re a front-end developer, you want to come up when employers or recruiters are searching for HTML, CSS, etc. on LinkedIn. Think about the skills you use every day and the things that make you great at your job, and make sure they are listed in your bio. For Twitter, you want someone to come to your profile and immediately know who you are, what you do and why they should hire you. They’ll scan your feed, so make sure it’s true to what you’re claiming in your bio. If your keywords say one thing and your feed says another, you’re not likely to look credible.

Google yourself

Because your potential employers will. There is nothing worse than walking into an interview and having an employer tell you something about yourself you didn’t know was out there. Google has a long memory, but if you’re prepared, you can preempt any confusion without surprise. Again—keywords in your bios will help better control what people are finding.

Connect with potential employers

Don’t just listen, talk. Retweet their tweets, comment on their posts, share their posts and tag them in posts. Every time you engage with a potential employer online, it is another chance for you to be noticed, and maybe even become their next hire. At the very least, listen. Know what potential employers are talking about on social media so you can bring it up in a potential interview. You might not retweet every tweet, but they’ll know you are paying attention.

Mind your manners

Be mindful of the language you are using and the opinions you are sharing publicly. You never want to say anything that would offend a potential employer. When someone is considering you for a job, they are considering you to represent their brand/company. It is hard to change a negative first impression, so control your online presence by only sharing things you want Google to remember. Keep in mind, if you retweet something someone else posted it still reflects on you. So think before you post.

Keep it human

Be yourself. You aren’t a robot. Humanize your feeds. It’s important to have conversations and engage with others, but it’s also alright to talk about things that are not related to your job. Do you like watching sports, have a cooking blog or sit on a community board? Talk about it! You don’t have to tell everyone what you’re having for every meal, but employers like to know you’re multifaceted.

 Taken from: http://bostinno.com/2012/12/08/5-essential-social-media-tips-for-your-job-hunt/

Mormons turn to Facebook evangelism

Mormon missionaries are now using Facebook to try to convert new members – and have taken part in more than 1 million online chats in the last year alone.

The Mormons – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – believe they’re more likely to get converts thanks to social media than knocking on doors.

Despite 200 years of pounding the pavements looking for converts, the Church says its experience is now put to best use on the web.

Elder Erich Kopischke, told The Times that “one post on Facebook could reach 900,000 people in an instant”. He argued it would take many months, if not years, to knock on that many doors.

The head of the Church’s European operation is in London to mark the 175th anniversary of American missionaries sailing for Liverpool on July 1, 1837.

Mormonism has been increasingly in the news thanks to Mitt Romney’s bid to oust Barack Obama as President of the United States. A spoof musical, The Book of Mormon, is due to open in London in March.

Nearly 500,000 have already liked the Church’s official Facebook page, and there are 900 Mormon missionaries in Britain. There are nearly 200,000 members in Britain, as well as two temples. The Church also owns 15,000 acres of UK land.

Kopischke said “If you think about the idea of door-knocking, Jesus once said, ‘Your mouth speaks what your heart is full of’. Why do people knock on doors? Because their heart is full. Why do people use social networks? Because they have something to say. Door-knocking is sometimes understood as aggressive proselytising.

“If I want to share with you what is really on my heart or that I have observed something, [social networking] is easier than to make the trip.”

Taken from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/9369477/Mormons-turn-to-Facebook-evangelism.html