How Grads Can Use Social Media for Job Search

Graduate jobs have always been difficult to obtain, but now that employers plan to increase internships hires by 8.5% in 2012, things will get even more difficult and competitive. There will be more applicants for the positions and now more than ever is the time to find a way to stand out in a crowd. This is where social media comes in. Employers are starting to use social profiles as additional indicators of a graduate’s skill-set, and so potential interns should make sure their social media profiles read like job applications.

This infographic from breaks down how employers are using social media to find young talent, and offer some handy tips on how to use your social profiles to impress potential employers.

What hiring managers are looking for on social media:

  • 65% see if the candidate presents themselves professionally
  • 51% check out whether the candidate is a good fit for the company culture
  • 45% want to find out more about the candidate’s qualifications
  • 36% are looking for a well-rounded candidate
  • 12% are looking for reasons not to hire the candidate

Which social media sites are employers looking at most?

  • 65% look at Facebook
  • 63% look at LinkedIn
  • 17% look at various social networks
  • 16% look at Twitter
Related: How Employers Use Social Media to Screen Applicants.

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