Veterans are accustomed to using social media as a way to stay connected with friends and family. But many don’t always consider the powerful boost social media can bring to a job search.
Here’s some tools to get you started:
Building a professional profile on LinkedIn is like having a mini-professional website – only it’s free. After you’ve entered your information, you can use LinkedIn’s search feature to find people you know, join veterans groups or professional associations, and research companies you might like to work for.
Most professional organizations and employers not only have a feed on Twitter, they have dedicated recruiting sources who post open job information, benefits information, and networking opportunities. We suggest following those you might be interested in and watch for leads.
Most of us have a personal Facebook page. But creating a professional Facebook page is a good idea if you want to position yourself as an expert in a particular field. It’s a great place to post articles you’ve written, or other types of content you’ve developed. You can like other professional organization’s pages and display them as resources or connections. Use your wall posts to introduce discussion topics, post links to interesting blogs or ask questions about current topics.
Social media can help make transitioning out of the military a less isolating experience. Using it to seek a job, develop a support system and network of fellow veterans can be a powerful tool.