Social media has become a part of our daily routines working its way into every aspect of our lives. Typically you think of social media for keeping up with friends and family and staying connected, however it has professional advantages too. Social media can be a powerful tool for career development. As chemical recruiters, we will say time and time again how powerful of a tool LinkedIn can be. Use your social media time to get noticed for career opportunities.

Establish yourself online

Personal branding is a term that will always go hand in hand with using social media to boost your career. To establish this, think about who you are as a professional, your values, and your career goals. Fill out your LinkedIn profile completely, making sure that everything is up to date. Be keyword heavy to increase your chances of coming up in a recruiter search or being noticed by a hiring manager. Click here for quick tips on how to make your LinkedIn stand out.

Be active

Making time to be active online will pay off. This can help you stay up to date on trends, get more connected in your industry, and get yourself more known professionally. Not only LinkedIn but other social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram can be placed to follow companies or well-known industry professionals and trends. LinkedIn offers a place to build your professional network. This is a place to connect with people you know and people you would like to and should know in the industry. This could include those working in similar roles or potential hiring managers who work in companies you would be interested in. Be active in putting up posts to get your name in front of your network. Like, comment and share other people’s content and endorse skills, and others will be likely to return the favor.

Searching for opportunities

Whether you are actively looking for a new opportunity or just passively seeing what is out there, an online presence can help you get noticed. LinkedIn has a great job board for roles that companies have posted. If you see a role that you are interested in, follow the company page to get a better understanding of who they are and stay updated with their posts. Look for who might be the hiring managers, which could be the person the role will report to or even the Human Resources or Talent Acquisition person for the location, and connect with them. Search for industry niche recruiters to connect with as well. Connecting with a recruiter could bring opportunities immediately or it could bear fruits down the road as they will keep you in their network as new opportunities come in. The connections you make today could lead to opportunities in the future.

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