Is the use of social media useful for career advancement or finding work? If so, how?
It really depends on what type of career you are trying to find. If you are looking to work in the field of web marketing, optimization etc. having a strong facebook,twitter, google+ or linkedin profiles is a must have. Most of the people that work in this field that are willing to hire would ask you to show such profile/s and the lack of such will definitely make a negative impression. That's why I would encourage anyone to build a good social presence. Being active on the social networks is something that anyone who is trying to work in this field should definitely have.
If you are looking for a job opportunity in another field, then the only thing you should consider about social profiles is not having pictures of yourself in a drunk condition for example or stuff like that. I have a friend who's manager is his friend on facebook, and she told him that his not doing himself any favors with these pictures.
That's my opinion on your questions, but I'd like to hear what others think about this too.
Thank you for your input Deni! This is an area I am looking into as part of my job role as an employment trainer. I have read in some places that social media are actually a good medium for approaching companies directly for jobs. Any thoughts?
I would like to say that this is true, but so far in my experience it isn't, at least not yet. Again,it really depends on the type of company you are outreaching to, but most companies are still relying on the old ways on finding employees.
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