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In 2019, it’s no secret that social media has woven itself into almost all aspects of our lives. In the business world, the hiring process is no different. Sites like LinkedIn provide several tools to increase your chances of getting hired. LinkedIn offers everything from building up your endorsements to building connections with other professionals in your industry. Now all you need to do is take advantage of them.

Leveraging your Network

One of the basics of LinkedIn is connecting with other people to grow your network. Keep track of your relationships with former classmates, co-worker, and friends to learn more about the companies they work for and any potential job opportunities. A company’s LinkedIn page will inform you of any connections you have already formed with current employees, or which employees graduated from your same university. Either of these is a great conversation starter when inquiring about a job.

Your network can also help your credibility. On your LinkedIn page, individuals can list the various skills they hold. Others can then vouch for you, showing anyone reviewing your credentials that you are in fact certified and hirable.

Educate Yourself

One of LinkedIn’s strongest components is its use of educational resources. There is so much information available throughout their site, ranging from personal development to company insight that you NEED to be taking advantage of. Industry and job market updates are posted regularly, allowing you to stay up to date on the latest trends relevant to your job and life. Salary insights and company comparisons allow you to find out if your pay is on par with others in your profession. Companies post content that can be a snapshot into their company culture, allowing you to learn what it’s like to work there before even going in for an interview.

Recruiters Come to You

LinkedIn can also serve as your personal “lighthouse,” letting potential employers and recruiters know you are open to new opportunities. While being proactive in your job search is always important, sometimes the perfect opportunity comes to you. Recruiters specialize in placing candidates with job opportunities that match their skillsets. Just because you can’t find the ideal help wanted ad, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!

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A Better Job is Out There. The Trick is Finding It!

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The process of beginning to look for a new job can feel overwhelming. With seemingly more and more positions available each month, the options on the hiring market can be tempting. Many workers find themselves asking, “Am I content with my current employer?” Roughly half of Americans reported adequate satisfaction, but what if you are a part of the group that wants more?

While there are numerous ways to begin your job search, the most important step is to start your search. You won’t find your dream career without searching or assuming it will come to you.

Your Friend: Social Media

In this digital age, one thing is for sure: Social media dominates our lives and society. Over the past decade, it has grown to play a more significant role in our everyday lives. Our jobs and means of employment are no exception. Companies often advertise positions they are looking to fill on their sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

They may use a Staffing and Recruiting company, like Johnson Service Group, to find these candidates for them directly through recruiters. Sometimes they employ third-party sites like Indeed to host job opportunities and means for applying online. Regardless, job openings and employers needs are readily available over the internet. Finding and accessing them is a matter of knowing where to look.

Your Friend: Your Friends/Colleagues

The best weapon when looking for a new job may seem obvious. However, networking has withstood the test of time and remains the best way to land a new career. While the landscape of the networking world has evolved to incorporate cell phones, social media, video calls, and other technologies, the goal remains the same; to form valuable connections between one or more people.

Reach out to peers or colleagues from your past. A simple direct message on LinkedIn or Twitter asking about someone’s current state is both a friendly hello, and a way to learn about their place of work. If appropriate and they are willing, a first-hand account of an employer is one of the most valuable pieces of information during a job search. From here, you can ask for a formal introduction. This creates a more lasting and meaningful connection, increasing your chance of being remembered (and hopefully hired).

If you have no immediate connections that interest you, look at potential employers through LinkedIn. A company’s profile lists employees, and you may discover some surprising connections!

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These 3 Social Media Faux Pas Could Totally Ruin Your Career

These 3 Social Media Faux Pas Could Totally Ruin Your Career, Johnson Service Group, Johnson Search Group, jobs, hire, social media, twitter, facebook, instagram, snapchat, posting, overtagging

Because social media is intertwined with everything we do these days, navigating it in a professional manner can be extremely tricky. You don’t want to share too much, but at the same time it’s essential to career growth to have an established online presence.

So how do you figure out what is appropriate to post about work and what isn’t? Start by avoiding these major faux pas:

1. Posting something inappropriate

The general rule is: if you’re wondering if it would be appropriate to post, the answer is probably not. If it could hurt you or someone you know, don’t post it. Tap into your common sense and consider the content before you click “post/publish/tweet”. If it is not promoting and advancing your personal or professional brand, it’s probably better kept offline.

2. Overusing sarcasm or other unpleasant attitudes

You cannot control the way your online messages are interpreted. People pick up on your tone, and will snap-judge you based solely on that. Social media is for sharing your voice and having your opinions be heard, but you want to make sure that you are coming across as genuine, positive, and an accurate reflection of who you are as a person.

3. Overtagging

Now this can be a hit or miss. You should tag friends and family in content you think they will like, but when it comes to tagging coworkers there is a balance. If something you’re posting is related to the team, try send an email or quick Skype message. When you post on social media, you are speaking to everyone who follows you and then some, so you want to make your content relevant to everyone. The last thing on social media you want to do is exclude someone who could bring a new perspective on something important.

Posting about a dreadful day at work can be tempting, but make sure you remember that even with privacy settings, your social media could be seen by anyone. The globe is small and we live in a very connected world. Don’t be the person who didn’t think before they went out and overshared with the whole word…. think before you post! (Your career will thank you for it.)

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3 Things That Will Help You Get Hired Through LinkedIn

3 Simple Steps To Getting Hired Through Linkedin

LinkedIn is by far one of the best places to “get discovered” for your next opportunity. You’ve probably heard stories about friends who get a seemingly random message through LinkedIn and all of a sudden they’ve landed a great job with a huge pay increase and a fantastic company culture. Spoiler alert: it’s not random! Recruiters are scouring LinkedIn day in and day out to find the diamond in the rough that will be the perfect fit for their open role. So how do you become one of the eagerly sought after candidates through this social media network? Easy, just follow these 3 simple steps.

  1. Updating Your Settings

An update to your privacy settings is the essential first step to getting a job through LinkedIn. Make sure that almost everything is set to be visible to the public. This includes your profile photo, your entire profile, and your visibility when viewing other’s profiles. Under the Privacy tab settings, update your privacy to say, “Let recruiters know you’re open to opportunities.

Definitely click “yes” on this option! LinkedIn will hide this information from anyone at your current company, so it won’t spoil the fact that you’re searching, but it WILL notify other recruiters that you’re on the lookout!

3 Simple Steps To Getting Hired Through Linkedin

  1. Fill Up Your Skills & Endorsements

Any skill that you add to this section will act as a keyword for recruiters searching for you. So, instead of just saying you are a “Computer Programmer,” add specific skills such as Java, C++, or anything else that you have experience in. Insider Tip: because job titles vary so much, recruiters often search solely by skills, making this step critical!

  1. Be Active!

The more you post about your industry and expertise, the more you’ll show up in searches. Always be sure to share relevant content and add a thoughtful comment that adds value to the overall message. You can even spark up a conversation with others by tagging them using the @ sign. There’s nothing that recruiters love more than discovering a candidate who not only knows their stuff, but who is passionate about it too!