Social media have become an increasingly important tool in a job seeker's arsenal.
More than ever, your online profile is a gateway to the next job lead or interview. How you maintain your social media profile could be the difference between landing the job or watching opportunities pass you by.
New survey results released Thursday by careers site Jobvite are yet another indicator of social media's influence on the job search.
More job seekers are jumping onto Twitter and LinkedIn to find work, according to Jobvite analysts.
And with Facebook's recent launch of its new social jobs application, job seekers' social media options continue to grow.
With the expanding numbers of social media tools available, Sanjay Sathe, chief executive officer of San Jose-based outplacement firm RiseSmart, offers a handful of tips to build and maintain your social profile.
Stretch out: Sites like LinkedIn aren't one-page paper résumés. Sathe says to use the extra real estate to elaborate on special skills and accomplishments. The information gives employers and recruiters a richer picture of your experience and capabilities.
Remember site features: Recommendations and endorsements are among LinkedIn's key features. Take advantage of the options. A friendly request for a colleague's or supervisor's endorsement can give a boost to your profile.
Network, network, network: Join groups on social network sites to "meet" professionals by interest and industry. It's a good way to join career discussions and find open job postings.
Get a mentor: Everyone needs help, especially when looking for a new job.
"Not knowing where to turn for advice in a job search can be incredibly stressful," Sathe said.
Find someone a colleague, a career counselor who can offer tips and advice and point you to connections in your industry.
Learn how to pursue career opportunities with the state of California at the state Department of Human Resources' lunchtime seminar Dec. 18 in Sacramento.
The free noon workshop at the State Personnel Board offices, 801 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, covers state examinations, how to search and apply for job vacancies, and how to find examination scores.
Seating is limited and available on a first-come basis.
For more information, visit CalHR at www.jobs.ca.gov.
Elk Grove Food Bank Services offers group job training readiness sessions on Tuesdays.
The program for people planning to enter the workforce is 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the food bank, 9820 Dino Drive, Suite 140, Elk Grove.
At the free sessions, participants can gain valuable tips from volunteers with experience in human resources to move into the workforce. No appointments are needed.
For more information, call Elk Grove Food Bank Services at (916) 685-8453.
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