The art of the job search has evolved far beyond the simple CV and cover letter. These days, job seekers have a huge range of tools at their disposal that they can use to help them make connections and find work.
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One of the most powerful tools available these days are the various social media platforms used by millions of people around the world. Social media can help you to promote yourself online, make connections with people in your industry and show off your talents far and wide.
Most savvy job seekers are already using some social media platforms to look for work, such as Twitter and Facebook. However, there are other ways that you can seek your dream job and show off your skills online. Quora can be a great way to learn and show off your knowledge and Tumblr can be used to bookmark interesting items online and create a portfolio. Why not try using either of these online platforms to see how they can accelerate your job search?
Using Quora in Your Job Search Quora is an online question and answer community. It allows users to ask questions so that other users can provide their answers. The user who asks the question then chooses the best answer which is then posted at the top of the page. Quora is a great tool for finding answers to questions as it is likely that someone else has asked the same thing as you already.
The advantage to using Quora is that the answers you will receive will usually be more professional than on other similar sites such as Yahoo Answers. For example, if you ask a question about Engineering you might get an answer from someone who works as a Chief Engineer at a major company. Quora can also be used to establish yourself as an expert. Scroll through the questions about your industry which are currently being asked by other users and see if you can give an answer to them.
Every time you answer a question you will build your credibility and enhance your reputation online. Quora is very SEO friendly and when your potential employer is searching for your name on Google after your interview (which has become a common practice) they will see your Quora answers ranked on the search results. This will make a great first impression because it will demonstrate that you are knowledgeable about your field and eager to help others. In order to get the most out of Quora, make sure that your answers are well written and thorough.
Do lots of research and explain your response in an organized manner. Don’t make your self-promotion too obvious, as people can tell when you are simply tooting your own horn. You can also ask questions on Quora, so make sure that you are asking the right questions which really matter to you so that you can use them to start a dialogue with others in your industry and begin networking. Try asking questions about specific companies that you are interested in working with so that you can gain an insight into their corporate culture.
Using Tumblr in Your Job Search Tumblr is another social media tool that you can use to enhance your online job search. There are over 44 million blogs on Tumblr and job seekers and career professionals use this social media platform to write blog posts, share photos and videos, link to interesting content and interact with others. Tumblr makes it really easy to set up a blog, so you don’t need to know any HTML or have any experience with web design.
Tumblr works best for blog posts that are short and sweet and it is a primarily visual medium. Long blog posts of 1,000 words are probably better off on a WordPress blog, as Tumblr users will be drawn to images, videos and short blocks of text. This makes Tumblr an ideal tool for building an online portfolio that shows off your best work. If you are a graphic designer, for example, you can use it to post examples of the images, designs and logos that you have created for clients.
Tumblr also allows you to “re-blog” someone else’s content, which means sharing it on your Tumblr blog with credit to them. Use this to your advantage by following the people you admire in your industry and then re-blogging the content that they post which you find interesting. You can even add your own thoughts afterwards.
Now that the internet has changed the way that we search for jobs, it pays to use all of the tools available at your disposal to look for work. These are a few of the ways that you can use Tumblr and Quora to maximize your job search.
Author Carlo Pandian is a web writer and collaborates with Media Recruitment blogging on PR careers, job hunting tips and personal brand management. Aside from his daily job, he likes speaking at social media workshops for NGOs around UK.