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Online networking

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You may already be using Facebook and Twitter to chat with your friends and organise your social life, but are you using it to develop your career? 

According to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, around half of UK-based organisations use social media in their recruitment processes. These companies will be using social media to:

  • advertise graduate vacancies and internship positions - a company may use Twitter to announce when applications open 
  • build relationships with potential employees. Even in a competitive job market, employers are still eager to secure the best graduates that may be considering going to their competitors. 
  • vet potential applicants. Your social media profiles can give an employer more information about what you're like as a person.           
 

LinkedIn

  • The world's largest professionally focused social networking site. 
  • Is about career relevant contacts and professional networking. 
  • You can create an online profile showcasing your skills, experience and achievements.
  • Join groups to gain information and insights, and share opinions. 
  • Browse company pages to get an overview of the organisation, there are over 3 million! 
  • Search for job opportunities.
  • For more tips, read our blog post Are you LinkedIn?.

Facebook 

  • 65% of companies use Facebook to gauge a potential candidate's suitability to the culture of the company. 
  • Delete or hide content off your Facebook page that may be deemed inappropriate by employers.
  • Keep up to date with employers' latest news and developments. 
  • Interact with employers by commenting and liking posts. If they are happy for you to do so, you can also send them a private message. 

Twitter

  • Currently has 310 million monthly active users
  • You can follow people, companies, services and publications. 
  • Develop an awareness of the latest industry developments and news. 
  • Share your own thoughts and opinions, and link these to . 
  • Encourage contacts and potential employers to view career related content that you post online by tweeting links to your profiles and contributions.
 

Getting started with LinkedIn

Making the most out of LinkedIn

 

Careers and Employability Service

The University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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email: careers-team@nottingham.ac.uk