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                             5 Clever Ways to Find the Right Job Using Social Media

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       Dated: Jun 20, 2011

       Social media is making it easier to find the right jobs, and for you to connect to the right people that can
       help you get those jobs. Many job seekers are still using traditional job search methods that are yielding
       poor results.

       Top 5 Clever Ways to Find the Right Job Using Social Media

        Social media is making it easier to find the right jobs, and for you to connect to the right people that can
       help you get those jobs. Many job seekers are still using traditional job search methods that are yielding
       poor results. The New York Post reported that one woman applied for more than one thousand jobs over 99
       weeks, getting only two interviews. Nearly one in three job seekers has been out of work for more than a
       year, and the average job seeker gives up after five months.

        But you don't have to end up like these professionals! By understanding who you are, what differentiates
       you in the marketplace and establishing your personal branding online, you can compete in the new talent
       marketplace.

        More and more companies are recruiting using social media, and 40% of young professionals are using
       social media to get jobs, reports Elance. You can have a successful job search by following these five new
       ways to get a job using social media.

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        1. Leverage Your Social Graph

        People get jobs through other people, not computers. By having a personal connection to the company
       you're applying for, your chances of getting a job multiply. If all you do is submit your resume blindly on
       job boards, you won't have much luck. Ten years ago, it would take you a lot of effort to ask your friends
       who they know and to remember where all your friends work. Now, you can tap your social graph on social
       networks and have all of that information at your fingertips. The internet is your personal research
       laboratory. Here are a few tools that will help you tap into your social graph during your job search:

        1. LinkedIn. LinkedIn gives you access to hiring managers through your close connections. After creating
       your profile, upload all of your email contacts so that you have a foundation to build upon. Then, search for
       a company or position, filter your results by location and see who in your immediate network can introduce
       you to a hiring manager. LinkedIn forces us all to do more research on employees and companies before
       interviews.
        2. InTheDoor.com. Think of InTheDoor.com as a job board overlay on your Facebook social graph. It
       connects Indeed.com's aggregated job board database and your Facebook social graph to show you who in
       your network can connect you with specific openings. You can find jobs at your friends' companies, search
       for jobs in different cities by preference and search by company and job title.
        3. BranchOut.com. Much like InTheDoor.com, Branch Out utilizes your Facebook social graph. The main
       difference is that you access BranchOut from within your Facebook profile, and it gives you more of a
       professional identity. It was always hard to build a professional identity on Facebook but BranchOut has
       tried to solve that. With $18 million in a recent venture capital round by Redpoint Ventures, more than 3


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million job listings and 20,000 internships listings, this site is serious business. Like LinkedIn, you can get
recommendations on your page, and like Foursquare, you can earn badges.

2. Build Your Online Influence

 More than a decade ago, if you had the right "hard" skills (i.e., C++ programming), you were almost
guaranteed a job. You could almost trade your college diploma for a job upon graduation. Then, as the
economy changed and became more competitive, companies started to pay attention to a new set of skills
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increasingly important as a way to choose one candidate over another.

 Online influence is measured in how many connections you have, who those connections are (and how
influential they are), who and how many people are sharing your content and backlinking to your website
and more. Klout.com, a site that measures online influence and gives you a "Klout score," is becoming
increasingly popular with employers. If you have a high Klout score, it can help you get hired over the next
person. Online influence attracts employers, who are increasingly looking to hire professionals who are
already well-known by their target audience. Companies understand that those with larger networks are
more productive and can generate new business, recruit top talent and market their brand better than
someone who lacks a big network.

3. Use Augmented Reality and Job Search Apps

 People are starting to use mobile applications to see job openings near them and apply with just a few
touches of an iPhone or Android. In fact 20% of job seekers use their smartphone in their search for a job,
reportsLinkUp. "Augmented reality" blurs the line between what's real and what's computer-generated by
enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell. If you have an iPhone, you should download the "Layar"
application. Once installed, click on "Layars" from the bottom menu and search for "JobAmp Mobile."
When you use this layar, you will be able to see all the companies near your current location and what
positions are open at them. This information is very useful if you see a company you're interested in when
walking around your city.

 In 2009, I wrote a post for Mashable on the top iPhone job search applications. Since 2009, I've found a
number of other good applications that will assist you in your search, wherever that may be:

CareerBliss (Free). It has company reviews, salary information, and about three million job listings.

Real-Time Jobs (Free). Attach a social network profile and video to Twitter job postings.
BusyBee (Free). If you're a freelancer, then you can find contract opportunities nearby with this app.

4. Use Multimedia Instead of a Paper Resume

 A recent OfficeTeam survey noted that 36% of companies think that it's at least somewhat likely resumes
will eventually be replaced by profiles on social and business networking sites.These promotional tactics
can be effective and even land some media attention, which could turn into a few job offers. Since very few
job seekers take the time to invest in these tactics, they stand out and are shared widely.

 SlideShare.net. Develop your own PowerPoint presentation, upload it to SlideShare.net and promote it
through your networks and on your website. Your slides can include information about your technical
skills, projects you've completed, an endorsement from a manager and more. Here is an example.



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 Viral videos — Create a video about yourself, or multiple videos linked together, and use YouTube to
promote it. You can also develop a video resume which will showcase your personality to employers, in
addition to your skills. Here is an example.
 Creative websites — Use your creativity and establish a creative website under your full name
(yourfullname.com). Here is an example.

5. Turn Yourself Into an Advertisement

 Another way to get people's attention is to advertise yourself to the specific people and companies you're
looking to work for. The four most common ways to advertise yourself are through Facebook social ads,
Google AdWords, blog advertisements and LinkedIn Ads. These are all offerings used primarily for
businesses, but can be applied to your job search.

 You can see an example of this being done by Alec Brownstein in 2010, when he advertised himself by
targeting specific executives at companies he wanted to work for. Since people Google themselves, the
executives saw his advertisement and he landed interviews. You want to create an advertisement that
catches a recruiter's attention and make sure that it links back to your main website or LinkedIn profile.
Your advertisement should be specific and have your expertise clearly identified.

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