Networking is one of the most important aspects of finding a job and growing in your career. In a world full of likes, shares, and tweets, it’s crucial to know how to maintain a professional networking presence in social media. Smartjob.com helps you network professionally with advice from smartpeople at their timeline and through their own social media sites.
A Google search can easily reveal your social media profile. Be sure to remove any photos, statuses, or tweets that you don’t want your current or future employers to see. Your boss won’t be too happy to see that all the drinking you did last night gave you a “killer hangover” that you’ll be bringing to work. Also make sure to keep the work-related complaints to a minimum; never insult your boss or coworkers publicly. Not only is it rude, but it’ll catch up with you in the long run.
Tweet your way into your dream job with Twitter. Creating a Twitter handle like “NancyPR” makes it clear what your forte is and what you’re looking for. Follow companies that you’re interested in working with to build your network and discover openings.
LinkedIn is dubbed the “professional person’s Facebook” for a reason. However, knowing how to use LinkedIn efficiently is essential. Avoid using general skills like “team-player”, “multi-tasker”, and “communication skills”. Instead, use skills that show off your individual strengths. Be sure your profile is 100% complete, including the photo! A missing picture makes your profile less personable and shows that you may not be confident. Stick to a recent, professional headshot and as a good rule-of-thumb: if it’s on your Facebook, it’s probably not a suitable LinkedIn profile picture.
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