Using social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace as a job search strategy
Ever heard the term ''It's not what you know, it's who you know''? For the most part that is true. Experts say that 80% of jobs are found through Networking. To network effectively you should begin by informing everyone you know that you are looking for a job. There are a number of strategies you can implement to ensure you are effectively getting the word out there and you should consider using all of them. So can Facebook and MySpace be another networking avenue?
If you have not joined Facebook and MySpace, now would be a good time: They are free to anyone. Once you have registered you can utilize many tools within Facebook and MySpace, such as using your ''wall'' to post the fact that you are looking for a job and include your job objective. Send out a message to all of your ''friends''. See what happens. Never assume you know who your friends know.
Should an employer use Facebook or MySpace to investigate you as a potential candidate, as many do, what would they find? If you are going to use Facebook and MySpace be aware of the message you are sending.
To find out more about how to become a great networker and use as many tools as you can to get a job, attend our workshop ''Accessing the Hidden Job Market'' at the Newmarket Employment Resource centre. Call 905-952-0502 for more information.
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