SHRM-KC Director Shares Social Media Job Search Tips

Kristi Jones, director for Society of Human Resource Management Kansas City (SHRM-KC), was invited to Kansas City FOX 4's studio to talk about CTU's "Fall Into Networking"—an event aimed at connecting job seekers to employers, and educating them on the newest networking skills used to gain a competitive edge in today's economy. Kristi shared with FOX 4 the top social media networking tips to help land a job.

Tip #1 Distinguish a brand for yourself. What do you want potential employers to know about you? One in five hiring managers conducts background checks using social media sites, so be cautious of the photos and information you upload.

Tip #2 Ensure recruiters can find you. Sign up on LinkedIn and fill out your LinkedIn profile as if you were writing a resume – include relevant experience and contact information.

Tip #3 Make yourself known to decision makers. Select 3-5 companies you’re interested in. Find out who the decision makers are via company Web sites and LinkedIn pages. Get "virtually" connected with them. Start following them on Twitter (find out what they’re talking about) and invite them to join your professional network on LinkedIn.

Tip #4 Establish a face-to-face connect. Once you've connected with key people via social networks, invite them out to coffee to discuss the company and their work. Ask your contact for other employees in the company you should meet with.


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