Friday, May 18, 2012

You Can Never Have Too Many Social Networks

There used to be a time when Facebook was the major social network on the Internet. While it's still extremely popular (and profitable), there are many other options now. Whether it's Twitter or Google+, people have many choices at their disposal.

If you were ever wondering which site you should use to enhance your job search, I have just the answer for you: All of them.

If this seems like a lot of work it's because it is. Having a presence on all of the major social media sites is extremely important simply because you will get so much more exposure than if you were just using one. The more information you provide on each of these sites, the easier it will be for employers to match your skills and talents with those that are being sought by the organization.

Here are some other social media tips:

  • Be consistent. Don't feel like you have to use different tones on each site. On the contrary, it's much more useful to present one personality so employers won't have any questions about your sincerity.
  • Be wary of recommendations. Sites like LinkedIn allow you to recommend other members in your network for jobs. This is a very useful feature, but make sure the person the recommendation is being done in good faith. In other words, don't engage in any quid pro quo dealings.
  • Decide what you want to share. Most social network sites have settings that allow you to control what you want to share with the public. Familiarize yourself with these settings so you are only sharing information you want prospective employers to see.

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