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Utilizing Social Media to Land Your Dream Job

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Utilizing Social Media to Land Your Dream Job
They said to be careful - employers are looking, but now you can use social media to your advantage.
  • Create and upload a video resume spotlighting your personality, strengths, and what you’ve got to offer (direct it at specific companies for higher visibility).
  • Enter online contests posted by employers seeking candidates.
  • Search for industry professionals, companies, or job titles to see what’s been posted. Comment on videos and/or post them on your other social media platforms to give recognition. Think reciprocity; when you recognize, others may just do the same for you.

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As you can hopefully see, there are many ways to use the power of social media to your advantage while searching for your next big career gig. There’s a lot to learn, but don’t let that stop you. If I can learn all of this, surely you can. The easiest way to learn is to pay attention to what others are doing and copy their actions. No need to reinvent the wheel here.
Think of social media as your job search ninja sidekick. It doesn’t do ALL the work, but if you give direction to and take advantage of its presence, it may just sneak in and make your job a whole lot easier.

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Dayna Mathews, advisor in GCC’s Career & Employment Services Department, has been providing guidance and expert advice in all things career related since getting her start at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development in 2009. Since moving to Phoenix in 2010, Dayna has worked her way up through the non-profit, for-profit, and currently, public sector of career ventures related to providing career counseling and job readiness services to individuals of varying ages and backgrounds. As the Career Services Advisor at GCC, Dayna provides students and community members with free resume assistance, job search strategies for success, workshops on a number of varying career related topics, interview skills training, and strengths-based career planning. Connect with Dayna on LinkedIn and Twitter @DMCareerPro to learn more. For further questions or to schedule an appointment, contact her directly at dayna.mathews@gccaz.edu

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