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13 super easy social media job search strategies

April 27, 2011

By Shannon Smedstad, GEICO HR social media lead

Four years ago, using social media in the job search was either an unknown concept or just plain scary to many job seekers. Times, they are a-changing. Here a baker’s dozen for you … 13 easy strategies for making social media work.  These are ideas that you should embrace now and take just minutes to get started!

Facebook & LinkedIn

1. Connect with your career center – they are already posting career advice, sharing corporate information session dates, listing important career fair details and more.

2. “Like” companies that you are interested in – read what they are posting, see what other people are saying about them, and ask questions. Some companies have both general corporate pages, as well as career-related pages.

3. Friend a recruiter – there are corporate and agency recruiters who post links to their blogs and career articles, share information on their company and jobs, and who will answer your questions.

4. Join LinkedIn groups like the official Delta Sigma Pi group, your school’s student or alumni group, even job search groups. Engage in discussion, network and receive updates on job opportunities.

5. Ask questions and engage with online career communities – join the conversations with employers, recruiters, and other job seekers just like you on Delta Sigma Pi, Brazen Careerist, Careerealism, Experience.com, AfterCollege, New Grad Life … and the list could go on.

YouTube

6. Corporate channels showcase what it’s like to work there. Peek inside the walls of organizations that interest you, get more information on the company, see the work environment and hear from employees.

7. Subscribe to the “JobsinPods” channel – a resource that many employers use to create career-related jobcasts which are then shared on YouTube.

Twitter

8. If you’re already tweeting or just getting started, be sure to follow your career center and any employer lists they have created.

9. Search for opportunities using common job hashtags, such as #hiring, #entrylevel, #businessmajors, #jobs.

10. Many student organizations, including Delta Sigma Pi, tweet valuable information targeted toward their members, including corporate partner, job and internship announcements.

11. Like on Facebook, employers and recruiters are tweeting career advice, links to articles, job openings, career fair dates and answering your questions (all in 140 characters or less).

12. Looking for an internship? Consider following @InternAlert or the @InternQueen.

13. Job posting “twitterers” (some that geo-target, some that don’t) are literally tweeting thousands of jobs each day. Consider checking out TweetaJob, JobShouts and TweetMyJobs.

Of course, I’d love for you to connect with GEICO Careers on Facebook and Twitter. We’re tweeting information, job postings, sharing photos and engaging with job seekers every day. You can also contact our Delta Sigma Pi liaison and GEICO national college recruiter, Jill Stover, on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

*Links to third-party resources are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily constitute an endorsement by GEICO.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. slocket permalink
    May 20, 2011 8:31 pm

    Thank you for the article, it was quite informative and I will share it with my peers.

    Kevin Lockett

    http://myprjob.jobamatic.com/

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