Use Social Media To Crack The Hidden Job Market

In just a few months, another year of college will come to a close and thousands of students are beginning to ponder about what kind of work they want to do for a summer job.   Just ‘googling’ the words “available internships” isn’t likely going to be enough in today’s competitive job market.  If you really want to get a jump on your competition, the social media you utilize every single day could be the key to cracking the hidden job market to secure yourself the summer job that you want both financially and professionally.  Here are three tips to get you moving in the right direction.

  • Use The “Get Introduced” Tab Within Linked In  I wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal that the best financial move you could make during college is to get to 1,000 LinkedIn connections. Since LinkedIn is more of a two degrees of separation application than a six degrees of separation application, simply asking your network for virtual introductions to the people you really want to talk to about getting a summer job will be relatively easy if you begin asking for three to five introductions a week starting now.
  • Polish Up Your Online Presence There is nothing worse than having embarrassing or humiliating pictures or stories come up if your future employer does a basic search on you when they surf the internet.  Make sure you clean up any pictures, videos, or stories that can damage your chances of landing the summer job of your dreams.  This includes Facebook, Instagram, and even Pinterest.
  • Make A Portfolio Of Yourself Visible Whether you use your actual name as the domain name or you use a free WordPress blog, showing your arsenal of skills online can illustrate to a future employer you take initiative and you are social media savvy.  Employers that can quickly access a virtual biography of you through a quick link will improve your odds of getting to the top of the pile.

Written by: Ted Jenkin
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Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves


My friends and family all think I’m a workaholic, but I say I’m just a guy that loves to help people do better in life.

My mother is still the only one that calls me by my real name Theodore Michael, my wife calls me Teddy, but for the rest of you it is just plain old Ted.

Ever since I was a little kid, I always loved money and being an entrepreneur. In fact, I still have cassette tapes of me talking to my grandmother at the age of five and my mother tells me all the time how much I played with money as a kid...

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Ted Jenkin is a frequent guest columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Headline News Weekend Express. He is the co-CEO of oXYGen Financial. You can follow him on LinkedIn @ www.linkedin.com/in/theceoadvisor or on Twitter @tedjenkin.

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