Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking

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Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking
10:15–12:15pm • Basement Room #2 •
Register online or call 403-260-2620


 

Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking is a popular program offered at the library in partnership with Bow Valley College (BVC) Career Connection. We asked Jill, a BVC Career Coach who will be presenting the program during our all-day Accelerate Your Career 2012 event, a few questions about how social networking can be used to find work.


 

Jill Nikiforuk, BVC Career Connection1. Why is it important that job seekers embrace social media?

Social media can boost the job search process by adding exponential value to the all-important networking component of job searching. Networking is the number one way to find a new job opportunity! Job seekers can very easily reach out to and research potential networking contacts through social media before making face-to-face contact. Social media also gives the job seeker access to vital information from the industries and companies of interest. While social media is most useful as a networking and informational tool for job seekers, many employers also post jobs this way—with Twitter being the best place to find up-to-date job postings.

2. Can you tweet your way to a job in Calgary?

Yes! This micro-blogging type of social media can boost the job search process. Twitter allows job seekers to follow experts in their field and to follow companies they are interested in, which in turn, keeps them up-to-date in their target industries. Job seekers can also professionally contribute to twitter conversations that can draw positive attention from potential employers. It is very impressive in an interview if a candidate can show that she or he has been following the latest news a company has posted.

3. How are employers using LinkedIn to find candidates?

Employers are using keywords to search potential candidates on LinkedIn. This allows recruiters and hiring managers to pre-screen candidates and search potential employees worldwide. (Like resumes, LinkedIn profiles should be laden with keywords that describe career-specific skills and personal characteristics.) LinkedIn profiles also can be more detailed than a two-page resumé, therefore giving additional information to hiring personnel.


 

Jill Nikiforuk is a Career Coach at Career Connection, Bow Valley College who offers guidance for career planning, and teaches clients how to sharpen their job search marketing tools and skills. Career Connection is a free career service for all under-employed and unemployed Albertans.


Accelerate Your Career 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012, Central Library

Career Conversations • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Sign up during event
Resume Help • 11am–3pm • Main Floor • Preregister: call 403-260-2782
Career Serving Agencies • 10am–3pm • Main Floor • Drop-in
Interview Strategies and Techniques • 10:30am–12:30pm • Third Floor • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Company and Employer Research • 1–2pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Power Networking • 2:30–4pm • Third Floor Open Area • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Enhancing Your Job Search through Social Networking • 10:15–12:15pm • Bsmt Rm #2 • Register online or call 403-260-2620
Work Search on the Internet • 1–4pm • Third Floor Learning Lab • Register online or call 403-260-2620

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