Depending on your own activity on the social networking sites, you will have to find out for yourself how can you put it to use for finding a job. 20% of jobs filled in the 2011 have touched the social media in some shape or form. That is one in five jobs this year. Last year the number was half of that. Next year, it is quite likely to double again. Not using the social media sites for looking for your new job actually decreases your chance in getting the job. More and more jobs are filled in that way every day. In fact, it is the way people always got hired in most cases – someone knew someone. Remember the good old:
Who you know is more important than what you know?
Your CV only states ‘what you know’. Your social reach shows ‘Who you know’. Use all your connections in the social media sites. Shortlist or group the ones that are most influential in your industry or area, and ask them first. Point them to samples of your success on your blog – so it is easy for them to share it further. Use the social media networking sites in a way that you make is easy for your connections to put you in front of people who could hire you.