Many employers now have a social media presence and use social networks to screen job candidates.

80.2% of employers, when asked, said they use social media for recruiting. When asked which social media they used for recruiting, Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter were the big three.

The 10 Commandments of Social Media Job Seeking

1. Develop a professional presence. 

  • What do people find when they Google you? Take down the party pictures and create a full, professional profile with references.

2. Fill your profiles with keywords.

  • All of your social media profiles should include key words and phrases that a recruiter might type into a search engine to find a person like you. Find relevant words in job listings that appeal to you and online profiles of people who have the positions you want.

3. Use LinkedIn to find your path.

  • Not sure yet what career is right for you? Browse through the LinkedIn profiles of other people to gather ideas about companies, job titles, or professions that might be a good fit for you.

4. Get personal.

  • When looking for a job, your network can and should include friends, family, classmates, professors, and other close contacts that can provide you with referrals to contacts in their networks. The bigger your network grows, the more access to opportunities you’ll have.

5. Be a joiner.

  • Join online communities. Once a member, you can comment on discussions, meet people who share common interests, and find exclusive job listings.

6. Tweet.

  • Twitter is a great tool for research and for connecting with industry experts and potential employers. More organizations are now tweeting their job postings.

7. Blog.

  • You can blog about your career interests. Blogging can demonstrate your knowledge and passion to potential employers. If you don’t desire your own blog, comment on the posts of bloggers you admire.

8. Share.

  • One of the best ways to maintain a strong professional network is to support other people by sharing helpful information like articles, blog posts and YouTube videos.

9. Keep people up-to-date.

  • Status updates are another smart form of networking. Update LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter with information about events you’re attending, books you’re reading, or other career news.

10.Use social media to ace interviews.

  • Before a job interview, study the LinkedIn profiles, Twitter feeds and blogs of the people and organizations you’ll be meeting. The more preparation you do, the more confident you’ll feel – and the more likely you’ll be able to make a great impression!

 Source: Lindsey Pollak, Global Campus Spokesperson for LindedIn