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    Using Social Media to your Advantage in a Job Search

    “We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we`re going to live on the Internet!” exclaimed Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) in the 2010 award-winning film “The Social Network.”

    Yes, it`s sad, but true. According to Facebook statistics, 1 in every 13 people on the planet has a Facebook page, totaling over 500 million users worldwide. If you are currently or will soon be looking for a job, there are ways to turn this pleasant pastime into another career-finding tool.

    LinkedIn

    LinkedIn is the largest web-based professional network with 90 million members around the world, including executives from all 2010 Fortune 500 companies and more than one million LinkedIn Company Pages.

    It's one thing to just create a profile and expect it to be enough. In some cases it might be, but if you are motivated in your job search, expect to do some extra leg work to get your profile in front of people who can hire you. MSN Careers shared these 6 Tips to help you use LinkedIn more effectively

    • Use keywords relevant to your expertise
    • Share your LinkedIn URL with others
    • Customize your invitations to connect
    • Write recommendations
    • List your Twitter handle
    • Join groups

    Facebook

    Using Facebook to your networking advantage can take some creative thinking. Use Facebook to Help You Land a Job beyond simply telling your friends that you are looking.

    • Customize your profile picture
    • Use your status
    • Take out a Facebook ad
    • "Like" companies where you`d want to work
    • Keep it real

    At Florida Career College we are committed to preparing our students for careers in their chosen field. We offer career services at all of our schools that cover all aspects of the job search including resume development, hosting interview practice sessions and coordinating job fairs with local employers to name a few. Take advantage of these services and more, and combine with your own social networking efforts to help you secure a job as quickly as possible.

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