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Using Social Media in Your Job Search Tracy Watson, Training Facilitator at JobSkills

About the Author

Tracy Watson has been facilitating workshops for adults and children for over 10 years and has a real passion for helping people. Tracy is currently working for Job Skills as a training facilitator for workshops that help clients with the tools they need to successfully find meaningful and fulfilling employment. She has developed and delivered a variety of workshops including resumes, cover letters, tapping into the hidden job market, interview strategies, labour market research and social networking.

Tough economic times call for innovative approaches to job search. How does one find a career opportunity fast? A really great option is ''Social Networking''. Social Networking sites include LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. It is expected that Social Networking will become our primary way to find work in the future, especially one like ''LinkedIn''.

As job seekers continue to search the social web for opportunities, recruiters and hiring managers have adopted social recruiting tactics that have changed the business of hiring. According to the recent Jobvite 2012 Social Recruiting Survey the social recruiting trend is on the rise as recruiters continue to retain higher quality candidates through social networks.

According to the survey, two thirds of companies now recruit via Facebook, over half use Twitter and almost all use LinkedIn!

How to get started:


  • Attend a Social Media workshop to learn what it is all about. More than likely, government funded Employment Resource Centres in your area provide this service for free.

  • Update your resume to the current standards

  • Create a professional LinkedIn profile account with an online resume

  • Build your professional connections

  • Use social media to research potential employers and connect with decision makers

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