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Get a LinkedIn profile:


You may not have had a reason to use LinkedIn before graduation, but as a professional social network, LinkedIn offers a number of opportunities for job seekers. Create a profile to showcase your experience and skills and begin building up your network with friends and contacts. Join groups that relate to your field and follow companies you’re keen to work for so you can get alerts when they list new openings. LinkedIn is also a great network to reconnect with old contacts and find out where they are working. It is likely that someone you know is working in the field you want to get into – reconnect on LinkedIn and ask them for advice!


Use Twitter as a job seeking tool:


Twitter is no longer just for following your favourite bands and actors, it’s time to step up and use Twitter to help you on your way to finding a job. Follow recruiters, job search sites and companies you’re interested in for live updates on open roles. You should also follow journalists and experts in your industry to stay on top of news. This will help you when you start interviewing as you will have a deeper insight into your career field. Keep yourself organised by using Twitter Lists and a dashboard like HootSuite or TweetDeck. You can also use tools like TwitJobSearch to search for jobs posted on Twitter.


Comment and get involved:


Stay active on your social networks by Tweeting regularly, commenting on industry articles and sharing links with your LinkedIn community. If you frequently offer insights, criticisms and useful information you will be noticed. Remember that a potential employer can see everything you


post online, so be courteous and professional (and mind your spelling and punctuation!) at all times.


Consider starting a blog:


Blogs help you promote your work, whether you’re a writer, marketer or engineer. Even before you land a professional role, use a blog to share your ideas, personality and genuine enthusiasm for the industry in which you want to work. Basic publishing platforms like Blogger and WordPress make it relatively simple to create a blog and establish yourself online. Make sure each blog post has a purpose, when you sit down to write a blog have a clear idea and think ‘would I be interested in reading this?’ Other than establishing yourself online, blogs are also great way to prove to prospective employers that you can


write intelligently.


Social media is your key to finding a job in the current climate. It has been reported that online recruitment is on the rise; we are no longer looking in newspapers to find our jobs. Social media is one of the best tools out there for self promotion, networking and job seeking. It’s time to boost your online presence and get savvy with social media.


About Sachin Shah:


Sachin is the Director of International at


SimplyHired.co.uk


His work is driven by a basic belief: finding your next job should be a simple yet effective, enjoyable journey.


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