I assuming by now, that you have at least one (if not more) Social Media Profiles. And, that you’ve spent at least a little time exploring that site. If you’ve heeded my past advise, you’ve investigated some of the new sites that have popped up as well. Perhaps you’ve even actively implemented Social Media in a job search.
LinkedIn is a must for professional Networking. They’ve lead the way with a platform and tools designed to help professionals manage their career. FaceBook is coming on strong and seems to be serious about building their professional networking capabilities. They have a new tool called Branch Out that is specifically targeted at job seekers. Twitter is a very effective tool for getting the word out whether you’re looking for a job or trying to fill a vacancy. The significant edge Twitter has is its network reach. There has been a lot of hype surrounding Google+. However, I’m not seeing the promise that other sites have already shown regarding professional/career networking. My observation so far is that it seems to be a platform for political rants. It could just be the folks that are in my “circles”. I’m not giving up on it just yet as it may still prove to be a valuable networking tool.
It’s easy for me to preach about the importance of Social Media as it relates to career management. However, it’s nice to hear about the good/bad/ugly experiences of those who’ve recently been through the process.
If you’ve had an opportunity to utilize Social Media, what site(s) did you use? Was Social Media responsible for you landing your new job? What did/didn’t you like about it? What advice would you offer current Job Seekers?