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Use Social Media to your advantage



Want to use your Facebook account without the constant worry of it killing your chances of landing a job? Do recruiters really pay attention to a Linkedin account? Does Twitter have any value in helping with your job search?

Most hiring managers will acknowledge that while social media is a huge part of how we communicate with our friends and family, it also impacts our careers.
Here are some pointers to help you navigate the world of social media and use it to your advantage in the job search.1.   How can you put your best foot forward on social media?

When you’re starting the process of searching and applying for jobs, you definitely should consider creating a Linkedin account.  Linkedin is a career-focused social networking site perfect for professional networking. It’s a great way to publish your information in an arena often accessed by recruiters and hiring managers. Pretty cool, huh?

2.  Should I have personal and private social media profiles? 

Definitely not for Facebook because that violates Facebook policy. So be careful about who your friends are on Facebook and what you reveal about yourself, particularly the pictures you post or pictures by others in which you are tagged.

When it comes to Twitter, unless it’s part of your job, two accounts aren’t really necessary. You can easily separate who you follow into lists to manage communication better between your friends and potential employers.

 3.  Should job candidates connect with employers on social media?

You want to make yourself stand out without doing too much. So what’s the best approach for reaching out to potential employers via social media? Since Facebook is more personal and mainly for interactions with friends and family, it’s usually not wise to send a friend request to a recruiter or hiring manager.  LinkedIn is another story! Sending a request to connect with a recruiter or hiring manager on Linkedin is a great way to reach out to a prospective employer. You might also consider seeing if you have any Linkedin connections who work at the organization that interests you. They might be able to tell you more about what it’s like to work there.

4.  What do employers look for when searching job candidates on social media?

They mainly want to make sure you wouldn’t embarrass them or their companies if you were hired.

So keep in mind that while social media is a huge part of how we communicate with our friends and family, it impacts our careers, too. By carefully tending your social profiles, you can continue to enjoy sharing your posts on Facebook and Twitter. Adding or enhancing your LinkedIn account will be a great way to use social media to your benefit in the job search.

8 Responses

  1. brionc23 May 6, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I need a job

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge May 7, 2013 at 8:47 am #

      We encourage you to apply at Publix!

  2. guypascale May 8, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    I am destitute for a job. Even to the point of begging for one.

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge May 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      Have you applied at Publix?

  3. cmorgan123 May 9, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    can I get a job at publix at 15 years old ?

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge May 9, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

      We hire 15-year olds in our stores as Front Service Clerks, or Baggers as some companies call them.

  4. Shemedeley May 13, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    I need a job I’m 16 years old need one near Tamarac, Florida

    • Patti Breckenridge
      Patti Breckenridge May 15, 2013 at 7:53 am #

      Have you applied at your local Publix?

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