How To Propel Your Career With Social Media

 

Many people in today’s society love social media. It is easier than ever to connect with friends and family, or even make new connections! You may be asking yourself how this can help you in your career. The answer is simple: it could propel your career skyward! In this article, we will discuss how social media can help you advance your career.

Make Your Personal Presence Professional

This is one of the most important things that you can do! You want to become a professional not just at work, but on social media. Think before you post! Don’t just upload the first photo that comes to mind. Make sure it is professional, appropriate, and represents your true self. You should use social media as an extension of yourself in terms of work-related items only – not everything! Never write anything on Facebook or Twitter that could be considered unprofessional. If something happens at work, don’t talk about it on any form of social media until you have talked with HR or management about how to handle things appropriately.

Tailor Your Online Persona

This is something that you need to do whether you are working in the Career Services office or even if you’re a plumber. It’s important for your career, and yourself as an individual. When it comes down to it, this means having multiple social media accounts! You do not want all of your online presence connected to one job title because when potential employers look at them they will see everything about who YOU are – which may be too much information (or not enough!)

Make sure that every account has content related just to that particular area in order to show what kind of person YOU really are. Have an Instagram account dedicated solely towards pictures from vacations with friends & family, another focused on food porn, etc? Be creative!! The more accounts you have, the more chances of making a great impression!

Work The System

There are sites out there specifically designed for Career Professionals to network with other Career Professionals. These can be used as tools to help expand your career connections and also get noticed by individuals who may not otherwise find you on their own (LinkedIn is one example.) Make sure that when looking at these types of sites, they don’t all sound like spam email – so make sure some effort has been put into them!

Avoid using stock photos or phrases in order to avoid coming across unprofessionally. You should also use hashtags while sharing content online because this will allow others within your industry to see what you post quickly without having to search through everything else.

Use The Massive Network

There are more Career Professionals online than ever before. What a great time to be alive! This means that there is an endless amount of job opportunities, advice, and resources out there for you to take advantage of if you know where they are located on the web. Don’t just go about using social media in ways that would benefit your personal life – make sure that it’s professional AND beneficial towards building your career as well.

When posting things online try not to forget about Career Services either because we can help with some parts of this process too! Career Services has a blog filled with articles designed specifically for students so check us out regularly or even subscribe via email so you don’t miss any helpful content.

You Can Get Answers To Your Questions

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t do it. If you want to know about anything related to your career or industry – go ahead and ask! You can ask an HR professional who works for a company that interests you, contact the PR department of a leading brand in your field…the possibilities are endless. They will most likely answer back as well with advice on what courses to take next semester if they have been there long enough or even someone from their team is willing to give you some insight into the work environment/culture which could help when deciding whether this is where YOU want to work one day too!

Reach Out To Industry Leaders

One of the best ways to get a foot in the door is by building relationships with key individuals. You can do this through social media! Start following industry leaders, brands that you admire and leave comments on their posts. They will likely notice you and follow back – from there, it’s easy to begin your connection or conversation.

Blogging To Help Your Career

As far as blogging goes, this can be an excellent way for students & recent grads alike who are looking for work after school right now because they have direct access to hiring managers’ minds through their blog posts. Blogging helps Career development in many ways including networking and building within your industry while also showcasing your Career-related skills.

Work The System

There are sites out there specifically designed for Career Professionals to network with other Career Professionals. These can be used as tools to help expand your career connections and also get noticed by individuals who may not otherwise find you on their own (LinkedIn is one example.) Make sure that when looking at these types of sites, they don’t all sound like spam email – so make sure some effort has been put into them!

Avoid using stock photos or phrases in order to avoid coming across unprofessionally. You should also use hashtags while sharing content online because this will allow others within your industry to see what you post quickly without having to search through everything else.

Popular Social Media Sites For Careers

LinkedIn  – This is one of the most important sites for Career purposes currently out there right now because it connects people who are looking for jobs with employers who have them available. It also gives users access to an entire network of professionals across many different countries which could be very beneficial if they want to make international contacts as well after school while they are looking for work.

Twitter  – This is a great way to learn about Career opportunities while also networking with others at the same time! It’s an easy platform that you can use via your phone, tablet, or computer making it accessible anytime – anywhere! Facebook  – We all know this one well…it may not be as Career-related but it still could help in terms of Career advancement because companies will often post job openings here so keep checking back frequently and writing down any leads when they pop up!! Instagram – Make sure to check out hashtags #careergoals, #jobs, etc..to see what other people are doing in their career fields right now which could inspire YOU & help YOU get started on YOUR Career path!

Pinterest – This is a Career-related social media site that you could use to help with your Career planning by pinning images of potential career fields, job skills, etc…that are relevant to the Career path YOU want to take!! It’s also great for saving things like resume templates or cover letter examples which can be very helpful when it comes time to actually drafting up your materials.

Get The Most Out Of Social Media For Your Career

Follow the tips above to get started! Social media is an excellent tool for career advancement if you are willing to put in the work and invest some time into it – but with great power comes great responsibility so make sure that you do things responsibly, ethically & professionally when using social media!! Otherwise, Career success could be very elusive…even after school!!!