Job search through social networks

With the evolution of the digital age and social media, you need to be using new methods to find the job you want. Four tips on how to get started:

Job-seekers e-mail me all the time asking the same question:?Should they apply to any open job? I always tell them no, that hiring managers don’t want to hire people who are only looking for a paycheck and that it’s much better to be focused on the career you’re passionate about. So in my new book, “Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future,” I focus on how job-seekers should go about finding their dream job. Your best bet is to figure out what companies you want to work for and which positions interest you the most, and then network with people who work there. Here is how to do just that by using social networks:

Develop a flawless online presence, including a blog/website and social network profiles on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn that best reflect who you are and the type of career you want to establish.

2  Connect with employees at companies you want to work for on Twitter, adding them each to a Twitter list, and then retweet them, reply to their updates and ask them questions.

3  Touch base with employees that respond positively to you on Twitter through a direct message or an e-mail. You can also connect with them on LinkedIn, which can help you get an introduction to other people at their company.

4  Ask them about what it’s like to work there and if there are any open positions. If there aren’t, then move to the next employee or company.

– Dan Schawbel is the author of “Me 2.0,” the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, LLC, and a personal branding expert.

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