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How to Use Social Media to Find a Job

The Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) here in Metro Manila has been extended until May 15, 2020. Since most of the companies have temporarily stopped their business operations more than a month ago, many people are stuck at home.


You're probably ok if
  • you're able to work from home or 
  • you are part of a company providing basic necessities that continued operations or
  • you belong to a big company that still paid their employees even without actually going to work.

But if you belong to the big majority, you are most likely not that fortunate. However, you could still do some things that could help alleviate the situation. Think about doing things to avoid boredom. Think about gardening and saving on your food expenses.

Another thing that you could do is to try to work from home. If you have a computer and internet connection at home, you can find some way to get a side hustle. With the trending topic of having a new normal life after ECQ, who knows you might need a more permanent side hustle.

You can use social media to find work from home opportunities. Stop wasting your time browsing FB feeds to get updates and watching all the videos posted there. Use social media to find your next job.



Though I'm not a big fan of social media, it cannot be denied that Facebook, Twitter,  LinkedIn, YouTube, and other social media platforms have a wide audience reach. These can practically help you land a work from home gig.



Here are some tips that you can do if you want to explore the possibility of getting a job using social media:

1. Create a social media account and complete your profile.

Add a professional photo of yourself, too. If you apply for a job online, chances are the person who will possibly hire you will take a look at your profile.

2. Search for jobs on the social media platform and apply.

You must be logged into the platform to be able to see information about posted jobs. Here are some links to the pages where you can find open jobs:




I haven't tried applying for jobs using Facebook and Twitter. But I've been hired twice via LinkedIn. Sometimes, recruiters message me on LinkedIn to apply for their open jobs or schedule for an interview. And occasionally, LinkedIn sends me notifications when there are new jobs posted that are relevant to my work experience.

If you're using Twitter to find jobs, it's not as simple as hitting an apply button and sending your job application. Companies or industry insiders usually tweet about new job opportunities or new updates like company expansions.

So how do you take advantage of Twitter?

As in the other social media sites, create a profile on Twitter.com. Then, follow people in your industry or an organization that could help you find a job. Join relevant conversations. It's also good to check out popular hashtags (#) on job searching, for instance, #Hiring or #Nowhiring, #JobOpening and #Freelance.

3. Start a blog. 

A blog can be used to showcase your knowledge and expertise. Some companies search online to find out if a person is an expert and worth hiring. It works no matter what niche you are in. It's not just for writers.

I remember the first time I was hired online to work from home was after joining a blog contest. I won the contest and the host asked me if I would like to write blurbs for her. I said yes and that gig went on for more than a year, I think.

It's easy to start a blog on blogging platforms like Blogger or Wordpress.com, which are free to use. So a blog works as free publicity for your skills.

I'm also planning to launch a 30-Day Blogging Challenge for those who would like to start a blog. I will update this post with a link when it is ready.

4. Create videos. 

People like watching videos and therefore videos are more often used in social media. You could upload a video resume to YouTube and tell the world what you can do and what work you're looking for. Watch the video below to see how it is done.



When you create your video, remember to be brief. Tell something about your background, what you're looking for, and explain why you are perfect for the job. Don't worry if you don't get it right the first time. You can record it again until you like what you have done.

For sure, social media will be here for a long, long time. So, it's better to use it for something useful. I don't know how soon you can land a job using social media, but it's worth a try especially now that there's an ECQ and you're stuck at home anyway.

Try it!

Comments

Aditi said…
I actually use social media to search for a lot of things and jobs and work from home assignments being one of them. Today the world is on social media and we cannot ingore its importance.
Kristine Nicole Alessandra said…
I have been working from home since 2016, but currently, because of the recession caused by this pandemic, one of my clients has stopped sending in work because her revenue has been greatly impacted too. So I am now searching for another stint, and I will check your resources. Wish me luck that I find one soon.

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