The third and most important way to use social media in your job search is to research industry trends and to stay up-to-date on the chatter that will keep you in the know. About once a week, I go to my FlipBoard app — the best thing in the world, by the way — which includes articles from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post and Education Insight to keep me informed on all things higher education. It keeps me educated and we all know knowledge is power. When you are in the know, you can comment on the company’s page, or better yet, tweet your comments to the company so they know you are doing your research.
While social media is still relatively new and tech savvy, remember to be old school in your values and presentation of yourself by updating your résumé to reflect your skills and experience. This job-searching tool will never go out of style because, as much as social media might land you a great interview or connection, your résumé and experience will get you the job!
Keep on keeping on. Wash, rinse, and repeat and you will soon land your dream job.
Shannon Niedzwicki, director of Career Services for Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region, writes an occasional series of columns on finding jobs and succeeding in the workplace. For more information, email Niedzwicki at email@example.com.