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How Social Media Can Help You Get Jobs

Written by Nicole Dalbo on Thursday, 28 April 2022. Posted in Helpful Tips

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It’s time to start thinking about social media differently, because it can be so much more than scrolling through your friends’ latest selfies. Whether you’re on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or any other platform, here’s how you can use social media as a tool in your job search – and how to make a good impression online.

Can social media stop you from getting a job?

Who you are today is different than who you were a few years ago. The way we speak and act changes as we mature and learn more about the world. Social media acts as a time capsule and may end up being problematic for you. Old, inappropriate content on your page can hurt your chances of finding a new job. In fact, a survey from CareerBuilder found that as many as 70% of employers check out their candidates’ social media pages. Do a deep dive on all of your social media and delete anything that you wouldn’t want a future boss to see!

How does social media help with job opportunities?

Social media can be a great tool in showing your career passion, your involvement in your community, and even your communication skills! Keep in mind these helpful tips when seeking out your next job:

1. Follow businesses you want to work for.

Businesses do more than just advertise their products and services on social media. You may have even noticed that many businesses post on their social media pages when they are ready to hire new employees. Get on top of the trend and put places that you’d like to work on your social media radar. When they start hiring, you’ll be in the know. You can also follow people who work at these businesses on LinkedIn as they may post about open roles there too.

2. Build your professional online presence.

Having a strong online presence can help potential employers find you and see just how awesome you are! Get a solid start by joining professional social media sites like LinkedIn to easily connect with other professionals in your preferred career field. Adding in your educational and work experience, building your network with employees from businesses you can see yourself working for and posting professional pictures and updates will help you stand out and get discovered.

3. Join groups related to your career goals.

Groups on social media are a great way to network with other people in your intended field. You’ll most likely find people at all levels in their career journeys, from beginners to experts, to other job searchers like you! Interact with the community and you may find helpful tips for getting started, what to expect, and how to grow in your field.

Do I need social media to get a job?

Of course, you don’t! However, depending on your career field, it can certainly be a huge help to you. This is your chance to show off who you are to the professional world. Remember, employers aren’t searching for perfection. They’re searching for career-focused, friendly, and qualified people—so just be you! But if social media isn’t enough to bring you to your career goals, earning your high school diploma can be a huge help. Take the first step to an upgraded resume with James Madison High School. Reach out to one of our Admissions Specialist at and start your journey today.

About the Author

Nicole Dalbo

Nicole Dalbo

Nicole Dalbo studied English Literature with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Scranton and is currently working toward her MS in Marketing. When she isn’t writing, Nicole can be found watching the newest Marvel movie, baking something sweet, or jamming out to live music.