Using Social Media
Most people know the best way to find a job is through networking. One method for networking is using social media. There are many ways to use social media and a variety of platforms to expand your network to find an internship or job. You can create one-on-one connections and develop your network beyond your immediate circle of contacts and geographic region. Online networking will never completely replace the power of in-person networking. Using a combination of online and in-person networking techniques will produce the best results. It is not enough to just create a profile. To get the most out of a given platform, you have to be active and engaged.
Employers are using social media with increasing frequency to find job applicants. To be relevant in a changing workforce, knowing various uses and brands of technology and social media is essential. Be positive in the content you post on the platforms. Your profile will most likely show up in a Google search and can positively or negatively impact an employer's impression of you.
LinkedIn is a networking platform used by people to connect professionally. If you are not on LinkedIn, you need to be. Besides connecting with people you know, you can connect with people you would like to get to know by viewing their profiles and inviting them to connect with you. You can also research companies, conduct your job search and prepare for interviews.
An active, engaging and professional profile on LinkedIn works to build your brand and helps you connect to the larger world of work while you are still in college. Following are some of the ways to use LinkedIn in your job search:
Twitter enables you to connect with people you do or don't know, based on common interests. Following are some of the ways to use Twitter in your job search:
Most people use Facebook to stay connected or reconnect with friends and it can also be an effective networking tool in your internship and job search if done so professionally. Following are some of the ways to use Facebook in your job search:
On the Career and Internship Services website you can find more about social media including tips for using LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook in relation to career planning and job and internship searches.
LinkedIn Group: http://www.linkedin.com search "UMD Career and Internship Services"
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/umdcareers