Answer below by Quora user Hunter R Peress, entrepreneur.
First, forget about Facebook, unless you have thousands of friends — but even then, it is not a work-oriented network.
I believe that in-person networking is the most effective way. Then make sure to ‘Link-in’ with everyone you meet, as sometimes second-degree connections will be willing to further discuss potential jobs.
With the goal of securing an interview through social media, you have to know the social media of choice for the recruiter that is controlling that job interview.
Each company and recruiter has different methodologies for finding candidates and securing them for an interview. For each ad, there is not necessarily a sign that says, “For this job opening, contact recruiter X through this social media platform.”
It’s true that there are lots of recruiters who post job openings over LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media platforms — but they may be just job blasting these postings through an application. Realize that if you do respond to a job posting on social media, you may or may not get a response from a recruiter.
Secondly, you have to realize that in some companies, the recruiter is not the decision-maker on the interview: They just make recommendations. This is something to ask when building your relationship with recruiters, along with inquiring about the typical timeline for interview selections.
The best strategy is to first find the companies that you are interested in working with. Follow their social media streams for general information. Then delve further to find the recruiters for that company on LinkedIn or Facebook, and ask to connect. Then use social media for what it truly is meant for: Building a relationship. Ask the recruiter what kinds of jobs they typically fill, and what is the best way to follow up with them. They may not be the right recruiter for you, so ask them who they recommend.
Not everyone is good about responding quickly on social media, even if they have a thoroughly filled-out profile page. They may have set up their profile some time ago, and are not using it now. Others will be really responsive. You will have to establish numerous communications channels with your target recruiters, and then maintain them until you do secure your interview (or job).
Answer below by Quora user Harish Sathish.
The below tips on networking via social media helped score me a job.
- First and foremost, update your LinkedIn profile with all the details possible that you think add value to your job search.
- Look for Jobs on the company’s websites, Glassdoor and of course on LinkedIn as well.
- Seek out recruiters for the companies to which you’ve applied, and send them a LinkedIn invite. Make sure that your request to connect is not basic, and that it includes a brief description of who you are and why you are sending the request.
- If you receive a positive response from a recruiter, ask if you can send them your resume and cover letter.
- Look for people online who can refer you to jobs.
- After you send few invites, you’ll start to get suggestions for relevant people to connect with — continue repeating the above steps.
- Never send your resume to anybody without a cover letter — if they want to forward your information to their contacts/friends, they’l have to dig in and find the basic information about you to forward. So make the job easier for them.