Social media & your job search
How to make the most of it
Know of a local employer or recruitment agency? They will likely have a page that you can follow for updates or even contact. Use the message box at the top of their page to enquire about any vacancies they have available. The bigger the company the more likely you are to be pointed in the direction of their careers page. With smaller companies they may be more willing to have a chat with you about what vacancies are available in your area.
Rather than engaging in long winded discussions about the vacancies over Facebook, always aim to obtain a phone number and the name of the relevant contact. A voice is always better than text and a face to face is always stronger than a phone conversation. Stand out from the other applicants and offer to go into their location and discuss any opportunities in more detail. Social media is a great introductory point and should be use as just that.
With small to medium sized companies you are also likely to see them share any vacancies they have directly to their page. Be sure to Like or Follow any companies you would be interested in working for and keep an eye out for such posts.
If centre stage is what you are looking for, this is the place to be. Groups come in a variety of sizes. Small and intimate like our 120 members currently in The Older Workers Community group or vast with over 25,000 members like Jobs in London. Unfortunately bigger isn’t always better with groups on Facebook. Keep in mind that many groups are managed by individuals in their spare time who may not be able to filter out the rubbish resulting in build up of spam or fake profiles.
The three main elements of groups on this platform are as follows:
- Write Post – Anything you submit through here will land at the top of the pile for all in the group to see.
- Comment – This allows you to engage with an existing post.
- Search – A hidden gem that can save you waiting around for answers.
To help understand these better and get the most out of each feature continue to the next page.