Once upon a time, social media was purely an entertaining pastime, but things have changed. In total, 65% of American adults use social networking sites, according to a 2015 study by the Pew Research Center. Many are certainly using popular platforms like Facebook to share family photos and reconnect with old friends, but these channels have also proven to be an effective way to find work.

In total, 92% of recruiters use social media in the recruiting process, according to the 2015 Jobvite Recruiter Nation Survey. Of these, respondents admitted to consulting a number of sites, including LinkedIn (87%), Facebook (55%), and Twitter (47%). Learn how to leverage social media to help make your next career move.

Enable Privacy Settings

There’s nothing wrong with having a personal social media presence, but for the most part business and pleasure shouldn’t mix on these platforms. Decide which accounts you want to use personally and put them on lockdown, because the public — including future employers — doesn’t need to see photos of your latest vacation or posts about your political preferences.

Position Yourself as an Industry Leader

Recruiters are searching for candidates on social media, so create a professional presence that can’t be missed. Gain visibility by posting industry-relevant content, sharing thoughts on news important to your field and highlighting some of your latest achievements. Build your follower base by communicating with your audience multiple times per week — or every day, if possible — to show your true passion for the work.

Build Your Network

Social media gives you the opportunity to connect with professionals from around the globe, so take full advantage of it. In addition to following industry leaders, search for professionals in roles that interest you and people working for companies you’d like to learn more about. Reach out to these individuals and request an informational interview. Not only is this a great way to boost your network, if you make a good impression, the person will likely reach out the next time they hear about an opening that might be a good fit for you.

Connect With Wood Staffing

If you’re not already following Wood Staffing on social media, connect with us today. Our Facebook page is constantly updated with helpful career resources, including information about the latest hot jobs. Adding us to your social network ensures you’ll never miss out on information that can be invaluable to your career.

Finding a job that perfectly matches your interests and career goals can be very challenging, so trust the experts at Wood Staffing to guide your search. Whether you’re searching for a clerical, industrial or professional position, we can connect you with a variety of temporary, temp-to-hire and direct hire opportunities with some of the leading employers in Michiana. Contact us today to learn more about our job opportunities in Benton Harbor and beyond!

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