Without any doubt, the Internet has brought a true revolution in all the aspects of life, including your work environment. Thus, not only there has been a great increase in new job positions (such as the Community Manager figure) but also it has changed the way we look for jobs. First there came job portals, such as SocialMediaJob.EU, and later came social networks wich immense opportunities to find jobs.
Most companies use social netwokrs to find new employees or to reseach and know better the candidates for a specific position. This is why it is very important to be present on social networks. Without a doubt, just having a profile is not enough. You should also take special care of your online image to build a personal brand which would help us get to the desired position. Key to this is to maintain your profile up to date and complete.
Further, we need to make sure our posts and comments are appropriate for future employers to see. Be careful with pictures, especially those you might not want to share with... your grandmother would be a great criterium. Make sure you have your privacy settings correctly set to avoid any accidents.
Keep in mind that if it is out there, someone will be able to find it in the worst moment.
Each social network is different and expectations of your presentation there vary. Facebook by default is not a professional netwokr, but it could without a doubt help you in finding a job. And it is also one of the first places future employers will check you out! Thus, keep updated your working history on Facebook. It will be useful to follow companies and influencers in your area of interest who will help you remain up to date with the latest developments in the field.
Twitter is useful during a job search as you can search through different predefined keywords and hashtags such as #job #work #joboffer, etc. Further, Twitter provides a great way to increase your professional network by facilitating your getting in touch with other opinion leaders internationally.
Last but not least, we should focus on LinkedIn - the biggest professional social network. It offers the possiblity of recommendations of former jobs, participate in related groups or increase your prefessional contacts.
Invest time and energy in developing your social media profiles accordingly, to be able to benefit to the maximum and discover the opportunities that lie hidden in social networks.