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Top Social Networking Sites–Applications For Job Seekers

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 16, 2010

If you’re looking to make the most of the Internet in your job search, make sure to check out the following websites and applications:

Twitter

You can raise your visibility as a job seeker or expert in your field by using Twitter to participate in discussions on topics that you are well versed in. This will position you as a knowledgeable professional. Job seekers need to be on Twitter because recruiters are using it to source candidates by searching for keywords in their bios. I suggest that job seekers put a link to their LinkedIn profiles or web resumes so that recruiters can go to another site for more in-depth information since Twitter’s strength is its brevity.

Twellow.com

You can expand your network by finding thought leaders and other professionals in your field using Twellow.com. Twellow has many different categories that you can search for people by. Since you don’t need anyone’s permission to follow them (unless their tweets are protected), you can follow anyone that you like, and most people will follow you back. You can also check to see who the people you are following are retweeting. Those people may be good for you to follow as well.

Tweetmyjobs.com

To find open positions I recommend that job seekers use tweetmyjobs.com. It is a service that provides instant notification of jobs to job seekers via text message, and it takes about eight seconds to apply for a position. Job seekers can subscribe to as many of the more than 7,500 channels as they like, specifying job titles and geographic locations. You can follow TweetMyJobs on Twitter at @TweetMyJOBS.

LinkedIn

Many recruiters are searching social media sites for candidates instead of posting positions on job boards. They check out potential candidates’ profiles on LinkedIn before contacting them. In addition to creating a profile on LinkedIn, job seekers can raise their visibility on LinkedIn by participating in groups and answering questions on the Answers section on LinkedIn. Recruiters have a favorable view of candidates who earn Best Answer by providing thoughtful answers to questions posed on the Answers section.

Also, I recommend that job seekers use the Jobs section on LinkedIn to find open positions. LinkedIn will automatically notify you of any connections that you have to the company that has the job vacancy. This is a very useful feature since it’s always helpful to try to network your way in to a company.

Facebook

You can join groups on Facebook that are based on topics that interest you as a job seeker. Once you are a member of a group you can then identify people in the group who you want to friend. Group members are likely to be very open to friending you because you already have the group in common. You might say something like, “I see that we are both members of the Accountants in Government group. I am very interested in connecting with other professionals in the field, and I would like for you to join my network.” This is a great way to grow your network and find out about job opportunities.

Easy CV

You can use this application on Facebook to post a mini version of your resume on your Facebook profile.

Brave New Talent

This is a social networking application that allows you to connect with employers directly and join employers’ online communities.

Cheryl Palmer is a certified executive career coach and a certified professional resume writer and is President of Call to Career, a career coaching and resume writing firm. She has been featured on the Wall Street Journal, CNN, MarketWatch, The Ladders, ExecuNet, and Yahoo HotJobs. Cheryl was also a guest on a radio show entitled How to Find a Job Fast hosted by Chris Russell of Secrets of the Job Hunt where she discussed tips for finding employment more quickly in this economic downturn. In addition, she was a guest on WMOV where she discussed networking for your career with host Greg Gack on the radio.

Cheryl has a social media program for executives to aid them with reducing the amount of time it takes to land a new position. She also conducts webinars on social networking. You can sign up for a free webinar at http://www.calltocareer.com.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Cheryl_Palmer

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