Readers Digest
Magazine subscription Podcast
HomeInspireDown to Business

How to land your dream job using social media

How to land your dream job using social media
Looking for a new job or planning a career change? Then it might be worth considering how social media – and social media résumés - can help you land your perfect role.
There were 57.10 million social media users in the United Kingdom in January 2023, showing just how embedded social platforms have become in our daily lives. And, whilst social media is great for personal connections and entertainment, it can also have different uses. From helping you in your job search by effectively allowing you to showcase your expertise, connect with industry professionals, build a personal brand, and open doors to new opportunities, leveraging social platforms can make all the difference in achieving your goals. In fact, according to ExpressVPN’s research, approximately 70% of hiring managers have reported successful hires through social media platforms due to the growing popularity of social media résumés.

A social resume

In today’s crowded job market, there’s a greater need than ever to stand out from the crowd. For those ‘Gen Z-ers’ (born between 1997 and 2003), this challenge is particularly pronounced, as they are regularly forced to compete against more experienced professionals.
This, however, has led to some creative and innovative thinking in the way that they approach this challenge. Growing up in the digital age has led them to utilize social media platforms to help them on their recruitment journey. Leaving behind conventional CVs and cover letters, platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube are helping candidates show off their personalities and skills in more engaging ways, offering cut-through and standout in the job market like never before. And businesses are taking note.
So are you ready to embrace the potential that social media holds for your career? If so, here are five ways in which clever use of social platforms can help you land the job of your dreams.

LinkedIn: Your virtual resume

Let’s start with the basics. For professional networking and job searching, LinkedIn still reigns supreme. Therefore it’s important to treat your LinkedIn profile as a virtual resume. Using a professional profile picture and crafting a compelling headline highlighting your expertise and career aspirations can help you stand out from other candidates. Make sure you showcase your work experience, skills, and achievements in a clear and concise manner – bullet points can work wonders here, especially in a longer resume. To make your profile SEO-friendly, incorporate industry-specific keywords throughout your summary and experience sections. This will help to increase your visibility in search results when recruiters are looking for candidates with your skill set.
It's worth remembering that LinkedIn is much more than just an online CV – it's a powerful networking tool. Connect with colleagues, peers, and industry leaders to expand your professional circle. Join relevant groups. Engage in meaningful conversations. Share valuable insights through posts and articles on your feed, and participate in relevant groups. By being active – and actively networking on LinkedIn – you’ll increase your visibility, which may catch the interest of potential employers and increase your chances of landing your dream job.

Twitter: Your ears in the industry

Don’t let 280 characters put you off. Twitter's fast-paced and concise format makes it a valuable platform for networking and connecting with industry professionals, and it's a goldmine for building thought leadership and industry influence. Share your expertise by offering insightful tips, commenting on trending topics, and participating in relevant Twitter chats. Utilise relevant hashtags to expand your reach and engage with influencers and potential employers.
Similarly, follow companies you're interested in working for and engage with their tweets thoughtfully. Retweet, comment, and participate in relevant conversations using industry-related hashtags and showcase your knowledge by sharing valuable insights and articles related to your field. Consistency is key, so aim to post regularly, showcasing your expertise and passion.
Don’t forget to also optimise your profile bio with a clear description of your professional goals and include relevant keywords to help you in your search for new career opportunities.

Instagram: Visualise your talent

While Instagram may be popular for its visual appeal, it's also an effective professional branding and storytelling platform.
Firstly, it’s worth looking to create a professional Instagram account that highlights your portfolio and skills. Using high-quality images and captions to describe your work (and the value you bring to potential employers) can showcase ‘you’ quickly and easily. Keep your posts SEO-friendly by using industry-specific hashtags relevant to your work, helping with the discoverability of your posts and helping you connect with people interested in your area of expertise.
Instagram can also be useful in offering a well-rounded view of your career to date. Showcase behind-the-scenes glimpses of your work, share your career milestones, and post images that reflect your personality and interests. Use Instagram Stories and Highlights to provide valuable tips, tutorials, and insights, further establishing yourself as an authority in your field, but don’t forget to maintain a cohesive aesthetic – planning your content can be helpful in making sure you stay on track.
Finally, make sure to include a compelling bio with relevant keywords related to your industry. Don't forget to include a link to your website or LinkedIn profile in your bio to direct interested recruiters to learn more about you.

YouTube: Showcase yourself on screen

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million. YouTube offers an unparalleled opportunity to showcase your skills and expertise through engaging and informative videos.
Create a channel dedicated to your professional niche, and share tutorials, how-to guides, and industry-related content. Informative and engaging videos that provide value to your target audience could include tutorials, tips and tricks, or industry insights. Be consistent with your content schedule to keep your audience engaged and ensure your video titles, descriptions, and tags contain relevant keywords to boost visibility and searchability.
Don’t forget that YouTube is also a two-way conversation, so engage with your audience by responding to comments and encouraging them to subscribe for regular updates. A well-curated YouTube presence can leave a lasting impression on potential employers and collaborators.

Blogging: An established authority

While social media platforms offer bite-sized content, a personal blog allows you to delve deeper into your area of expertise, which is key to helping potential employers understand your skill set and knowledge.
Writing high-quality, long-form articles that provide valuable insights, analysis, and solutions will help to position you as an authority in your field. Or, if you’re looking to change careers, create insightful and informative blog posts on topics related to the field you wish to enter.
Sharing your blog posts on other social media platforms will help drive traffic and engagement; guest posting on other industry blogs will expand your reach and allow you to connect with a wider audience.
Write insightful and informative blog posts on topics related to your profession or the field you wish to enter. Share your blog posts on social media to increase your reach and visibility.
Don’t forget to make your blog SEO-friendly. It’s worth spending time conducting keyword research to identify popular industry-related terms and incorporate them naturally into your blog posts. This will boost your blog's visibility in search engines and attract more readers, including potential employers and recruiters – hopefully leading to your dream job.

A new approach to your job search

It’s clear to see that social media platforms offer tremendous potential for career success. From LinkedIn's networking prowess to Twitter's thought leadership opportunities, Instagram's visual storytelling, YouTube's video showcasing, and the depth of personal blogs, each platform can be harnessed to enhance your professional journey, attracting potential employers and offering access to new opportunities in a different way.
Remember to stay active, engage with others in your network and industry, along with looking to widen your reach and influence with others in your chosen field. Producing valuable content is key and should position you as a stand-out candidate who employers are drawn to.
So why not harness the power of social media to propel your job search forward and help open doors to exciting career opportunities? Embrace the digital age and let social media become your ultimate ally in achieving career success.

This post contains affiliate links, so we may earn a small commission when you make a purchase through links on our site at no additional cost to you. Read our disclaimer

Loading up next...
Stories by email|Subscription
Readers Digest

Launched in 1922, Reader's Digest has built 100 years of trust with a loyal audience and has become the largest circulating magazine in the world

Readers Digest
Reader’s Digest is a member of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (which regulates the UK’s magazine and newspaper industry). We abide by the Editors’ Code of Practice and are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalism. If you think that we have not met those standards, please contact 0203 289 0940. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, or if you would like more information about IPSO or the Editors’ Code, contact IPSO on 0300 123 2220 or visit ipso.co.uk