Connect on Social Media to Find Your Ideal IT Job
If you’re a recent grad, or at the other end of the spectrum, someone who has held a job for 10 years or more, and had no need to seek alternate employment, this might be new to you. Social networking is no longer confined to keeping Grandma and “that cousin in England that you never see” apprised of your activities.
According to the most successful technical recruiters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it’s much easier to find a job when you have a wide network of contacts, especially if you are a recent college graduate.
While Facebook and Twitter can be used to build an online presence, and to make connections with people of similar interests, LinkedIn is still the best place to be. LinkedIn offers several ways for candidates to stand out as “experts” in their field, and it also allows them to find a great number of new contacts who may exist within their own expanded network.
It’s always best to learn as much as you can about your LinkedIn network. This may mean identifying how many connections and potential connections exist in your targeted companies.
Remember, even a relatively small network of contacts may generate a surprising number of leads, but you will need to connect with 2nd and 3rd degree connections. LinkedIn makes it relatively easy to do this by simply finding the 1st degree connection who knows the person you want to meet. It will require a polite and non-time-consuming e-mail requesting a LinkedIn “introduction” to the 2nd degree contact, but it will get you on their radar.
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That is not the end of it, however. Unless you left on bad terms with previous employers, supervisors, and bosses, they are quite likely to be able to recommend you. They know you, and they know your work, so who better? If they already have credible reputations, you get a free ride on their coat tails.
This is not a one way street, however; it’s always a great idea to offer to write a recommendation in return. Write it carefully, glowingly, and then quadruple-check it for spelling and grammar errors. You obtain a recommendation to add to your collection, and they get to supplement their own portfolio. The more you have, the better off you are. Be like a nine year old kid with baseball cards—trade and collect the whole set!
If you want to know more, a Dallas technical recruiter can assist you in learning how professional social media can help you land the most coveted IT jobs in Dallas.