Connect with The Office for Talent & Career Development
Facebook: ¬†EU Careers
Twitter: ¬†EU Careers
Pinterest: ¬†EU Careers
LinkedIn: ¬†Eastern University Alumni
Tips for Using Social Media as a Job Seeker ¬†
Facebook: ¬†Be sure that your activities on Facebook won‚Äôt give prospective employers ‚Äúred flags‚ÄĚ about you as a candidate.¬† Check your photos, videos, wall posts and comments for professionalism.¬† Use Facebook's privacy settings wisely.¬† If you're unsure about content on your Facebook, think about it from the point of view of your potential employer. ¬†SimpleWash can help you identify potential problem areas on your Facebook (and it's free).
LinkedIn:¬† LinkedIn is the most widely used professional social outlet on the internet. ¬†According to a recent poll, 45% of employers indicated they use social media to check out applicants.¬† Having an up-to-date, honest LinkedIn profile can be a strong counterpart to your physical resume. ¬†For instructions and tips on how to build and maintain your LinkedIn profile, see our LinkedIn FAQs page. ¬†
Twitter: ¬†Employers are increasingly using Twitter to promote jobs and internships.¬† Use ‚Äúhashtag‚ÄĚ searches (e.g. #jobs or #internships) and ‚Äúfollow‚ÄĚ organizations to check out opportunities. ¬†Goziak is also helpful in finding jobs through Twitter.¬†Creating a Twitter account that's simply for professional use can be a great tool. ¬†You can even link your professional Twitter to your LinkedIn profile.¬† Start tweeting about interesting things in your industry or field of study.¬† Show your followers that you're knowledgeable about topics that are relevant.
Balance your time: ¬†Social networking can be a powerful tool in your internship/job search arsenal, and you may find yourself presented with opportunities you hadn't even considered.¬† Be sure, however, you don't find yourself getting sucked into the social media vortex.¬† Spending hours online trying to track down new contacts on LinkedIn or writing blog content will not typically have the same results as putting in your time as a volunteer or an intern.¬† Seek hands-on, practical experiences in your chosen field.¬† Connections online are great, but face-to-face connections are still best.
Blogging: ¬†A¬†well-maintained, thoughtful, professional blog can help you enhance your online image, and can showcase your knowledge, your commitment to your field, and your portfolio, if your discipline requires one.¬† Employers will not generally contact you as a result of reading your blog, but a blog can make you a stronger candidate once you're already being considered for a position.
Professional blogs need to be just that: well written (grammar and spelling count!), focused on a single field or interest area, and clean.¬† Photographs and images should be your own or copyright-free; always ask permission before you post another's work.¬† Comments should be handled respectfully, even if they come across as negative.¬† If you are unsure whether or not to post something, that's often a sign you shouldn't.
Social Media Today:¬† A comprehensive site with up to the minute information about the world of social media.
Name Check:¬† See if your preferred name is available on dozens of social networking sites!
In The Door: Find jobs where you already have an inside connection (uses Facebook)