Whether you’re a grad fresh out of college, recently unemployed or looking to completely change your career, social media is rich with job search tools to help you find your perfect fit. Social media tools offer networking capabilities, personal brand management and instant connection to employers and job posting – three things that are key to a successful job search. We’ve compiled a list of our top 20 social media tools for your job search, so you can land your dream job.
Brazen Careerist is a professional network similar to LinkedIn. It is intended for younger professionals looking to build a network of their peers, find jobs, and express their ideas. Users can create a social resume – one which showcases their ideas and connections – and use this to link professionals with employers to make appropriate hiring matches.
Craigslist can be used to find job postings and freelance projects. As with everything on Craigslist you should verify the posting before agreeing to do any work for the poster, but it is possible to find some gems amidst all of the chaos.
Disqus allows users to create a profile that aggregates all of their online contributions. For job seekers, this could be a great tool to show employers how engaged you are in your industry by commenting on blogs and on social networks. The Disqus profile is searchable, and it can be linked to from your LinkedIn profile to really highlight your online contributions and impress potential employers.
Are you an aspiring journalist or freelance writer? Ebyline is a network that joins publishers with eager freelance writers, giving each the control they need to ensure a good match. As a writer, you can pitch your story ideas to a variety of publishers, set up a profile to attract potential employers, and sell your pre-written a la carte.
Ecademy is a professional network that focuses on getting the right employees into small and medium businesses. It allows members to make new business contacts, find work, and advertise their skills or business. It is similar to LinkedIn in that you can create a profile, find people through your network of friends and friends-of-friends, and join business-related groups online in an effort to find your ideal job or employer.
The juggernaut of social networks, Facebook might not be the most professional of networks to find a job, but it is certainly the most popular. Employers are increasingly likely to search for you on Facebook before they even agree to interview. Build your Facebook profile like you would on a professional network like LinkedIn, and use your friends to network.
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Jibe is a simple tool that aggregates your current friends list on Facebook and your connections on LinkedIn to show the companies and industries that you are connected to through these networks. You can also use Jibe to apply to jobs that are posted on Jibe, using your Facebook and LinkedIn information to develop a resume and cover letter for each.
Think of Jobfox as the dating site of the job search genre – it connects employers with potential employees based on a set of criteria to find the perfect pairing. They evaluate each candidate’s knowledge and skills, and then ste up introductions between the candidate and appropriate companies. Jobfox includes a professional, branded “about me” section as well.
Jobster its a job search tool that lists hundreds of jobs and enables users to both upload a resume and perform searches to find their ideal job fit. Employers can browse resumes just as job seekers can browse job postings. This is a simple network that pares down social job searching to its bare essentials.
Jobulous is a social media tool that encourages users to submit reviews of previous jobs and employers. All reviews are anonymous, and users can browse other reviews to look before they leap into a new career. The information is in-depth, and includes criteria like “work-life balance,” salary and overall satisfaction.
Koda is an active job seeker community, where college grads, the unemployed and the happily (and not-so-happily) employed get and give advice. All of your activity on Koda is aggregated into your profile, to display to potential employers your knowledge and interests. Employers are also listed in the network, and job seekers can find job postings and apply through their Koda profiles.
LinkedIn is the behemoth of social job search tools – if you don’t have a LinkedIn account, get one. Now. It enables job seekers to stay in touch with former and current contacts, and establish a professional identity online. There are so many stories of people who have found jobs through LinkedIn, that it should be the first social media tool you use to start your job search.
There are hundreds of jobs posted to the mediabistro.com job board every day, in a variety of fields. Online and new media jobs, PR jobs, sales jobs, magazine publishing and more all have hundreds of employers looking to hire on this board. You can sort through the board to find your perfect fit, as it categorizes jobs by duration, location and more.
Naymz is a professional reputation management tool, enabling job seekers to create their own professional identity on the web. This identity is key to making use of Naymz – professionals interact with one another based on their reputation. Naymz is sort of like a Yellowpages for the business set, and it can’t hurt to add your profile to the 2 million already within the network.
Having a personal blog on WordPress, Blogger or another platform will show employers that you’re web-savvy and you know how to sell yourself. You can present your resume, samples of your work, and highlight your skills through a blog, and if you update it regularly with insight and commentary into your industry, you’ll set yourself apart as an expert as well.
SlideShare is a great job search tool to increase your visibility and set you apart as an expert in your field. You can upload any PowerPoint presentation that you’ve done, and share it with a network of people in your industry. This is a great way to show off your professional expertise to potential employers or clients.
Twitter is a tool growing in popularity for all types of job seekers. If you’re a freelancer, you can search keywords related to your field to find employers tweeting new projects; if you’re looking for a full-time gig, Twitter is full of leads and job postings too. Just be sure that you follow Twitter etiquette when tweeting.
UCubed is a network for American unemployed. It empowers those currently out of work to make systemic changes to the treatment of the unemployed through government petitions and to join others to strengthen their political and economic voices.
Creating a web-based resume is almost a requirement in many fields, and VisualCV is one of the best tools for the job. With VisualCV you can create a resume online that features multimedia aspects like graphs, audio samples, video and attached documents, and you can share this CV with anyone through email, social networks or using your own personalized CV URL.
Xing is another professional network, boasting 9 million members. It allows professionals to focus on networking with others who can provide job leads, inspiration and connections. Recruiters are also allowed within Xing, so by posting your profile you increase your chance of being discovered as a valuable asset to a company within your industry.