Jun 20, 2016 10:22 AM EDT

Social Media: Successful Guide For Job Hunters

By Jane Reed

During these times, it pays to be modern and techy. Sometimes being social media savvy is better than being computer savvy in general. Companies are combing through the vast resources found in the internet to find the right fit for the company. Unfortunately, not everyone has realized that social media can be a successful tool for those trying to find a job.

Blending in isn't an option. Standing out means being different and companies recognize that. The hiring pool is filled with competitive job candidates and being unique in terms of presence is crucial. Business News Daily has it that social media presence is the key. According to Rebecca White, the area director at staffing firm Kavaliro, "It is important for candidates to utilize social media."

Being social media present means that you are current on the latest tech. It is also a platform of communication between colleagues and your professional network. What you post, how you post and who you interact with your network on a daily basis can have a great impact on how recruiters and hiring managers view you as a viable candidate.

There are so many social media sites to choose from, but the top three are as follows:

1. LinkedIn

It is the go-to network for both professionals and hiring managers, LinkedIn should be a top priority for your social media-related job search efforts because 79% of recruiters hire through LinkedIn and above 90% use it for contacts and screening profiles.

2. Twitter

Your tweets show the influences surrounding you. Who do you follow and who do you engage with? This affects your hiring manager's perception of you. What you say and how you say it will affect your job. Twitter can also be a smart way to contact recruiters and make connections with people who are working for potential employers.

3. Facebook

Data shows that 83% of job seekers are still on this social network. Hiring managers scour through Facebook and see what you make public. Similar to Twitter, they want to see your employment potential and other personal information. But the site has a privacy filter, unlike Twitter, that lets you restrict certain posts and information. What is public, can remain public and your potential employer can see that photo or tagged posts.

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