Using social media to find a job

 

Social media includes LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube and many more

Use social media to:

  • search for and gather information about employers who you are interested in working for
  • follow employers to stay up to date with their latest news and opportunities
  • find jobs not advertised elsewhere
  • make useful contacts with professionals working in organisations or types of industry that interest you
  • market yourself positively and professionally to potential employers
 

Social media guides, books and videos

Should I be using social media in my job hunt?

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional social media platform with 400 million users worldwide. Find out how to make the most of LinkedIn to find a job

Have a complete LinkedIn profile and a professional photo

  • Your profile will be similar to your CV. First impressions count. Write your profile in Word first and when it is error free copy it into LinkedIn
  • Use action words and include your achievements both academic and work related
  • Include paid and unpaid roles and if appropriate, a link to your portfolio/show reel or blog

  LinkedIn template for students and graduates (Word - 39kb)

Research people who have completed a similar degree course

  • Use the Advanced tab to carry out a People search to find others who have completed a similar degree
  • Look at their profiles. Find out how they started their careers
  • See what groups they have joined
  • If they have ticked the 'expertise requests' (at the bottom of their profile), contact them if you have particular questions.

Develop your network – join groups and take part in discussions

Ask for recommendations from employers (past and current), team leaders, supervisors and/or fellow colleagues

Search for jobs using the Advanced tab

  • Carry out a job search using key words, save the search and set up a daily or weekly alert for similar jobs. Note - lots of recruitment agencies use LinkedIn

Keep your network warm by endorsing the skills of others but only if you genuinely know they are competent in that area.

Download a pdf version of the above information -   LinkedIn tips for students and graduates (pdf - 333kb)

Twitter

Facebook

Your digital identity

Job hunting apps and RSS feeds

Job hunting Apps

An introduction to some of the best apps for job seeking and networking, and tips on how to use them effectively.


Using RSS feeds

Some employers use RSS Feeds on their websites which allow you to stay up to date with their latest news releases, events and vacancies.

Find out how to use RSS feeds to keep up to date with the latest jobs posted on the Careers Service website.

Using blogs

Are another good way to get an insight into an organisation. To find useful blogs, Google the name of the company or career area you are interested in and include Blog in your search phrase.
Having your own blog can demonstrate your writing skills, your knowledge of a particular area and your enthusiasm to a wide audience. Find out more about using blogs