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Social Media and Graduate Job Search

by Tahira Majothi on August 12, 2011

Given the relative lull in careers appointments at the moment, I have used this opportunity to scour the internet and social media sites (Strictly for work purposes you understand :-) ).

One of the really useful gems I have come across in recent days are the video resources provided on the Career Player website. Career Player is aimed at helping Graduates become more career savvy when it comes to exploring options and sourcing opportunities.

Their latest offering covers social media and graduate job hunting tips including:

  • The merits of social media to aid your job search
  • How to present yourself online (“You are your own shop window!”)
  • How to use social networks to land a graduate job
  • What about writing a blog?
  • Getting Started

With thanks to CareerPlayer.com, Graduate Jobs and Careers Advice on video

Although current social media platforms will change and new ones will emerge over time, social media is definitely here to stay. The increasing use of social media by employers in not only recruiting but vetting applications may become harder to ignore, so consider how you can make it work for you.

Why not share your experiences of using social media in relation to your career development. We’d love to hear from you. Do you have any tips, any do’s and don’ts?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna Kay September 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Hi,
I am a recent graduate and I have found it hard to find a job and develop a career, so I have decided to start writing my own blog about my struggling and funny enough that has helped me to find my first job in marketing and get a vital experience I needed. So my advice, to anyone who is searching, is not to stop and believe in what you do!

Anna Kay
http://astruggleofagraduate.blogspot.com/

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Tahira Majothi September 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hi Anna,

Thank you for your comment, I agree with your sentiments, it’s important to stay resilient when it comes to job seeking but equally important to make use of support such as Careers Services and social media to help you get on in your chosen career.

I wish you the very best in your internship and for your future career plans :-)

Best

Tahira

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Jackie September 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

Hello,
I graduated two years ago and I wish I had used social media more to improve my online visibitlity to potential employers rather than just used it as a social, keeping up with friends medium. As I now work as an online marketing executive I really recognise the importance in it and see great value in using it. However because of the nature of my work I now also know the downfalls of using social media and how in some cases it could actually have a detrimental aspect to your job hunting career. Things to consider are that employers can easily access your profiles, blogs, etc so you must bear in mind how you represent yourself online. The last thing you want an employer to see are drunken pictures, or excessive swearing on your profiles, etc. The good news is that sites are increasing the privacy settings, such as Facebook introducing the option of sharing info with only certain people, so you can protect your social pages from detective employers. This is an article that I contributed my thoughts to that will give you lots of advice on how to appear professional online without necessarily compromising your social fun use social media. http://bit.ly/qVgxEd I hope you find it useful – any feedback is very welcome.

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Tahira Majothi September 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Hi Jackie,

Thank you very much for your comment. I definitely echo your sound advice when it comes to drawing a line between your professional and private social media platforms, and adhering to netiquette.

Best wishes

Tahira

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