There are many websites out there to help you network with potential employers. More and more employers are using such sites to reach out to candidates. Using sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook to connect with employers is becoming a popular way to gain access to companies and opportunities that you otherwise may not know about.
Learn how one Embry-Riddle graduate successfully used social networking to land a job.
It is also important for you to be aware that employers use these sites as a means of screening candidates. We encourage you to click on the links to the various resources we have provided below to learn how to effectively use these sites and understand the importance of maintaining a professional web persona.
There are many networking sites out there. We highlight a few for you below.
LinkedIn is not a social networking utility like Facebook, though the concept is somewhat similar. LinkedIn is an online network of more than 100 million professionals worldwide who represent more than 150 industries, including aviation and aerospace.
When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by former colleagues, clients and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.
Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.
Through your network you can:
- Be found for business opportunities
- Search for great jobs
- Build your professional online presence/reputation
- Conduct company research
- Join dozens of groups related to your industry or field of interest
- Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs
- Post and distribute job listings
- Find high-quality passive candidates
- Get introduced to other professionals through the people you know
LinkedIn is free to join, though they also offer paid accounts that give you more tools for finding and reaching the right people, whether or not they are in your network.
- Embry-Riddle Career Services – LinkedIn Group
- ERAU Worldwide Career Services – LinkedIn Group
- Embry-Riddle Official Alumni Group – LinkedIn Group
- Guide To Using LinkedIn Successfully (for Daytona Beach Students/Alumni)
- The Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet (Leisurejobs.com)
- LinkedIn and Your Job Search (About.com)
- LinkedIn InMail Templates (CareerEnlightenment.com)
- LinkedIn Learning Center: Job Seekers (LinkedIn)
- How to Find a New Job Using LinkedIn (YouTube Video)
- Career Webshop Resources (University of California – Irvine Career Services)
- Using LinkedIn in the Job Search (Psychology Today)
- Why Be LinkedIn (CareerSpots Video)
While Facebook was at one time limited to use by college students, faculty and staff, it is now open to anyone. This means that employers can access it too, and many are doing so to both recruit and screen candidates. We recommend if you are searching for a job that you clean up your Facebook page, set everything to private or create a separate Facebook account for your job search.
- Embry-Riddle Career Services, Daytona Beach Campus – Facebook Group
- Embry-Riddle Career Services, Prescott Campus – Facebook Group
- Applying on Facebook? (CareerSpots Video)
- Facebook and Job Search Privacy Tips (About.com)
- For Some, Online Persona Undermines a Resume (NY Times)
- Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down (One Day One Job)
- Networking on Facebook (CareerSpots Video)
- Facebook & Company Culture (CareerSpots Video)
How do you find a job in 140 characters or less? The answer may be as simple as sending out a tweet. Twitter is a valuable resource for any job seeker, allowing you the opportunity to be fed job opportunities by companies and headhunters as well as free career advice by leading career professionals. Additionally, it offers you the chance to network and share ideas, seek and obtain advice and gain access to relevant information that can ultimately help you succeed in your job search.
- ERAU Career Services on Twitter
- 50 Ways to Use Twitter as a Job Search Tool (ypnmiami.com)
- How to: Find a Job on Twitter (Mashable)
- Leverage Twitter for your Job Search (Twitip)
- Twit Job Search Engine
- Twitter: Thought Leader (CareerSpots Video)
- Tweet for the Job (CareerSpots Video)
- Social Networking Articles from Embry-Riddle Career Services (Going Places Blog)
- 10 Tips for Using Social Media in Your Job Search (NACE)
- Google Yourself (CareerSpots Video)
- How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search (About.com)
- Perils of Social Networking (CareerSpots Video)
- Social Media Privacy Guide
- Using Social Media for a Job Search (Debt.org)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University does not and will not endorse, condone or support either the companies seeking employees or any new job and surrounding activities for which employment is sought. The intended purpose of this service is to provide possible job opportunities for students and alumni and creates no warranty as to any listed company or website. Choosing a job is your decision; please use caution and common sense.