Posted May 22, 2015 by

Searching for Employment? Consider Using These Tools to Find Your Next Position

Job search concept: man using a laptop with job application on the screen

Job search concept: man using a laptop with job application on the screen. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

In the digital world we live in, many recent graduates and students will find themselves searching for a job online. Gone are the days when you mailed or faxed a paper resume to a perspective employer. Thanks to the Internet and social media, the way candidates search for jobs has changed. According to a recent article in Inc., “79 percent of job seekers use social media in their job search.” With the array of information on the Internet, how do you determine the best tools to find your next position? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when searching for a job online:

LinkedIn

LinkedIn can be used for the job search in a variety of ways. Since LinkedIn profiles serve as an online resume by showcasing your work experience and recommendations, potential employers may find you through mutual connections and interests. From there, they will review your profile and contact you to set up a meeting or interview. In addition to this, there is also an opportunity to connect with former professors, employers and colleagues on LinkedIn. In many situations, there is an opportunity to secure employment through someone you know. You never know when connecting with a former professor or colleague may turn into something else.

Job Search Boards

In the online age, job search boards provide an opportunity to filter positions by job title, location and salary. In addition to this, many boards provide detailed descriptions about the job, qualifications needed to apply and instructions about applying directly with the posting. As a student or recent graduate, there are many niche job boards that will assist you with finding an internship or entry-level position.

Company Social Media Profiles

If there is a particular company that you would like to work for, connect with them on social media and follow their updates. This will provide you with greater insight into their company culture and services. As social media continues to grow in popularity, particularly among millennials, more and more companies are turning to social media for recruiting the best candidates.

While the job search process may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. Take your time, research potential employers and utilize the Internet to your advantage in your search for a career!

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