What Statistics Reveal That Helps Your Social Media #ITJobs Search
According to Glassdoor, 79% of candidates are using social media to aid their job search. But that isn’t the whole story. Finding an IT job through social media involves a lot more than just a quick browse through your Twitter timeline…or does it?
Actually, there’s a whole lot more going on than just updating your profile and searching for a few hashtags. But it can be as simple as you want it to be. You can find a job through Twitter. and you can conduct a deep and thorough analysis of your job market on social media too.
Here’s some facts:
IT job seekers view social media nearly as useful as professional networks when compared to IT job ads and IT recruitment agencies
Job seekers will view current employees as one of the best sources of company information.
87% of recruiters use LinkedIn as part of the hiring process.
59% of candidates use social media to research companies they are interested in.
91% of Employers believe Social Media will become a more significant source of hire in the next 5 years.
According to Jobvite, upto 39% of job offers are made through employee referral programs.
Almost 65% of IT job seekers would seriously consider a new job opportunity, just because it was a referral from a friend.
73% of millennials (18-34 age group) found their latest job through a social media platform.
Social media is second only to Job Boards for IT job searches
For instance many IT recruitment companies have active social media channels where they post job vacancies – IT jobs on Facebook and IT jobs on Twitter are surprisingly popular search terms. LINKS Because the interview process can take on average 23 days to complete, it gives you plenty of time to check out the social footprint of your new employer-to-be.
So which social media platform is best for IT jobs?
Even if you are not open to being open about new opportunities, social media allows anyone to job hunt whatever their radar status.
Admittedly some might not want to be entirely social about their desire to find a new job (especially if it alerts their existing company to the fact). However, most social platforms can help you stay pretty secretive of the fact.
What’s more, most IT candidates will be on their phones for two to three hours a day anyway, the least you could do is put that time to good use.
Finding IT jobs on Twitter
Hashtag this, hashtag that. There may be some use in what the kids are saying. Many companies will advertise new roles using hashtags such as #ITjobs or #Manchesterjobs (we do!) to reach out to as many people as possible.
Try playing around with different hashtags and searching for them, like #javajobs or #javadeveloper or #dataanalyst.
You will find adverts for roles you may not have seen and you can contact the Tweeter directly.
There are also Twitter pages dedicated to tweeting and retweeting about roles that are available in certain areas or industries, so it could also be worthwhile following those.
Twitter will also allow you to check out the feeds of different companies that you want to apply to so you can understand more about their culture.
LinkedIn is the professional network of choice
This one may seem obvious, but when it comes to advertising IT jobs, LinkedIn is a company’s best friend, a recruiter’s best friend and a candidate’s best friend.
There is even a LINK dedicated LinkedIn jobs page which you can use to search for jobs directly and apply to them.
Always spend a little time researching some IT recruitment companies and recruiters who work specifically in your industry and make sure to connect with them.
This serves two purposes, first it allows you to receive the latest IT jobs notifications and then it allows the recruiter to check out your credentials so they can find roles suitable to your skills and experience.
LinkedIn is great for networking, it is one of the best places for peer-to-peer job recommendations too.
Don’t miss out by skipping Facebook job searches. Up to 83% of people say that they use Facebook when exploring new IT opportunities.
Most companies have a Facebook page and these are usually packed with useful info on what it would be like to work there. alongside updates on the company, which offer an insight into what it would be like working there.
Do some research on the company you are interested in working with from a social perspective, it can be different from their company website, and nearly always adds personality to their image.
You can even follow these pages so their posts will appear in your news feed.
If you are going to use Facebook for your job search, make ensure that you have filled out your employment history with some detail, making it easy for employers to see if you are right for their roles.
How to elevate your social media network to help your job hunt
Make your social network work for you, here are a few ways to do it:
Update your social profiles
When looking for a new job, remember that social goes both ways. If you can use it to your advantage to get a new role, great, but recruiters and potential employers will also be using it.
So, before you search, reach out and apply, make sure you do a bit of tidying on your own social media. Look the part, talk the part and, if needed, add some links to your professional expertise too.
Tell people you are looking for a new role
Candidates can use any social media platform as a voice to be heard. If you want people to know you are interested in new opportunities, then you need to let people know.
LinkedIn is great for self promotion within networks, for instance an open letter with your Curriculum Vitae attached telling people you are available is a great start.
Follow the right hashtags
Candidates can use Twitter quite effectively if they set up their search properly. One way of doing this is following the right hashtags. Setting up their account to monitor certain key hashtags; like #JavaDeveloperJobs or #ITJobs is a good start, but so too is setting this up locationally, #London #Manchester #Oxford. There’s no point in searching for jobs that you either aren’t prepared to travel for or wouldn’t consider relocating to.
Use your social network, they won’t mind
It might surprise candidates, but they already have a big network of contacts on their social media channels. These can range from forum lists, Twitter and Facebook, to professional networks like LinkedIn and LinkedIn groups or your own blog!
It won’t harm you to send personal messages across your network to key individuals who work at companies you like or who might be willing to recommend you. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
- Most IT recruiters and employers actively use social media to advertise and recruit directly
- Candidates are already predisposed to referrals from industry friends and colleagues
- Social media is a two-way street allowing candidates to delve into prospective new companies
- Social media is fast approaching job boards as the go to source for IT jobs
- Twitter hashtags should be mined extensively
- LinkedIn is more than just a professional network
- Your social network IS your network.
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