Workplace Trends

Workforce Trends

Use the Power of Social Networks to Advance Your Career

By Greg Simpson on October 22, 2014

The power behind social networks as a career management tool is its dynamic and seamless ability to connect employees and employers—radically changing how workers find jobs and how employers find workers. Unclear about the value? Here are a few benefits social networks have to offer.

  1. Be known. Referrals and networking remain the top methods for sourcing talent. Social networks increase your ability to be known and findable. With social networks, you now have an opportunity to establish new relationships, credential yourself, share information and engage in meaningful interactions with peers, colleagues, and prospective employers that will build rapport and trust.
  2. Expand your mind. Social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and blogs feature subject matter experts and thought leaders who provide a wealth of information, experiences, and ideas that will help you do your current job better and keep you informed. Following industry and professional sites will keep you on top of trends and guide your career decisions.
  3. Embrace free agency. Even if you’re not actively looking for a job, recruiters and hiring managers are actively using social networks to build talent pools from which to draw when job opportunities arise. So even if you’re not currently looking for a new position, continue to engage on social networks so you’re at the top of the list.

To find out more about using social networks to land the job you want, check out LHH’s informative new white paper, Get Social and Get Hired.


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