How To Use Social Media To Land A Great Job Or Internship [Infographic]

By Megan O'Neill 

The hiring process for jobs and internships is changing.  More and more employers are turning to social media to filter and find the best applicants and a new infographic from Online Colleges sheds some light on how employers are using social media in their hiring process and how job and internship seekers can use sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to their advantage.

According to the infographic, “Social Searchers: How Social Media Can Help You Find Your Next Internship,” 37 percent of employers use social media to research job candidates and an additional 11 percent plan to start.  These employers look at Facebook and LinkedIn more than other social sites.

The biggest thing they’re looking for is evidence that you present yourself professionally.  This is especially important for new college graduates who may have spent the past few years partying and showing it off on their Facebook pages.  Remember – before you start looking for a job or internship take a look at your profile (you can use the ‘View As…’ function to see how your profile looks to the general public or to specific individuals) and use your privacy settings to clean things up so you showcase yourself in a professional manner.

Check out the full infographic below for more stats, and to learn about what you can do to optimize your social media presence for your job search.  Have you ever found a job or internship through social media?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.