Top Tips for Using Social Media in Your Postgrad Job Hunt

Congratulations!

You’ve got a postgraduate degree under your belt and now you’re on the hunt for that dream job.

Being a postgrad is tough, and with an estimated 18.5 million people out of jobs in Eurozone alone it’s not hard to see why.

Wondering what you can do to get ahead?

Check out our top tips for becoming social media savvy in your search for a postgrad job or even for a part-tme role.

Start Tweeting If you’re not doing it already, Twitter is one of the best places to look for job opportunities. First things first; make your profile employer friendly by putting your job pitch along with a link to your CV in your Twitter bio and choosing a professional looking avatar. From here it’s all about using Twitter’s job search tools and resources to aid in the hunt. For starters check out @Microjobs and follow #Tweetmyjobs. What are you waiting for...put that into action right now!

Love LinkedIn LinkedIn is the king of professional social media. It is an incredible job searching tool – you just need to know how to use it to your advantage. From using LinkedIn groups to find hiring authorities and uploading your virtual CV, to including the relevant keywords and skills in your profile, LinkedIn is the ideal platform for showcasing yourself.

Reach Out Don’t be afraid to reach out to your friends via social networks about what you’re looking for. There is no reason not to utilize your existing contacts in the search for a job. Just remember, your friends don’t want to listen to you complaining about how you are still unemployed as many of them are probably in the same boat. Keep it upbeat and you will likely receive positive responses in return.

Keep it Classy Tweak your social media privacy settings before it’s too late. The last thing you want potential employers stumbling across is pics of you enjoying your latest debauched night on the town. Keep your main profile picture classy at all times, and think twice before you post anything. Get in the habit of Googling yourself on a regular basis, this way you will know what a potential employer might find.
 

Get Engaged And we’re not talking weddings! Engage with the brands you love. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and connect with them on LinkedIn. Find where they are active and start sharing your enthusiasm for them. Before you know it you’ll have recruiters flooding your inbox with requests for you to join their team.

Check out our section on careers for postgraduate students for further advice.

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