Social media is a global phenomenon happening in all markets regardless of wider economic, social and cultural development. If you are online you are using social media. - Universal Mc Cann
According to TechTarget, social media is the collective of online communication channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration.
How do you use social media? Do you use it for personal entertainment or do you use it for a more important cause? Actually there are many ways that you can use social media. Its most common usage nowadays are social networking, promotion, news updates, and building professional brands. But do you know that you can also find your next job using social media?
How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search
You will be surprised how social media can help you land your next job. To give you a head start, here are the top 3 social media websites where you can look for a job:
LinkedIn is a social networking website for professionals. It connects people, companies, same minded professionals, colleagues including alumni, industry and business related groups — to network, search jobs, hire and do research.
If you are already on LinkedIn, one of its most usable features is its online resume that can be viewed by your connections who are possibly looking for good hires. So make sure to make your profile as good as possible.
Receiving job offers in LinkedIn is possible only if you have many connections. But if you are just starting, you can manually look for jobs on LinkedIn yourself. Here is how to job search using LinkedIn:
Facebook is not just a social networking website, it is the ultimate social networking website. If you are not in Facebook, you are probably living under a very huge rock. Here are few of the major features of Facebook:
Marketplace - allows members to post, read and respond to classified ads.
Groups - allows members who have common interests to find each other and interact.
Events - allows members to publicize an event, invite guests and track who plans to attend.
Pages - allows members to create and promote a public page built around a specific topic.
Presence technology - allows members to see which contacts are online and chat.
A. Facebook Job Groups and Pages. There are many Facebook job groups that post legitimate job openings. Most of these groups are created by regular citizens.
Note: Good Facebook job groups will vary on your location.
If you want to join a Facebook job group, log on to Facebook, input the word “job” in the search box, then head over to groups tab. Some factors that you should consider in joining a job group are the following: (1) administrators, (2) number of members and (3) how active the group is.
If you are in the Philippines, you can join the following groups:
B. Events. Also with Facebook, you can keep track of upcoming job fairs and career-related events in your local area.
C. Official company pages. You can follow the official Facebook pages of the company where you want to apply. Most companies share their latest job openings through their official social media accounts.
B. Job Site’s Official Twitter Accounts. You can also check out official Twitter accounts of job sites like @Monster, @Glassdoor, and @indeed.
Caution A sense of caution, social media is not immune from scams. Some social media accounts, groups and pages are made to gather personal information from people who are determined to get a job. So, before you apply for the job post, make sure to do the following:
Verify that the recruiter is genuine.
Google the employer or recruiter’s name. If all you can find are job postings, that is a bad sign.
Track the employer’s phone number via Google or some other reputable web phone directory, or by simply calling Information.
If you cannot verify the availability of the job post or the legitimacy of the recruiter, do not bother to apply.
Final Take: Don’t get me wrong, the traditional method of job search is still effective. But slowly, job search is going digital and you should keep up. If you want an easier job search method, use social media — just be cautious of scams and bogus job posts.
Looking for job hiring today? Check out the best job sites in the Philippines. These websites will help you find the most current job openings, help you quickly find information on jobs you’re interested and connect with the hiring team at the company you want to work for.
Best Job Sites in the Philippines
Here are the best job sites and job search engines in the Philippines:
Hireme.ph is a simple job search engine. It is different from other job sites because it doesn’t require applicant registrations and it’s FREE for both applicants and employers. Its site navigation is very easy to understand and each job is classified in each industry, giving job seekers faster time to search for the right match for them.
Trabaho.com is an online recruitment site that was developed by Web Philippines, Inc. in 1996. This site is more of an online career resource than a job site. With trabaho.com, you can track current news and job fairs. You can also check out their consolidated career guides and resources which is very helpful to jobseekers especially fresh graduates searching for career fairs.
Phil-JobNet (Philippine Job Exchange Network) is a facility of the Department of Labor and Employment with centralized database maintained by the Bureau of Local Employment. It was launched in 1998 and is meant to exhibit the technical feasibility of a real-time job seeker-vacancy matching system.
This job site was launched as part of the national advocacy strategy adopted by DOLE in popularizing an information technology-based employment service. If you have been to your provincial, city or municipal PESO (Public Service Employment Office), you must be familiar with this site.
Careerjet is essentially a job search engine that acts as traffic driver to job listings. It maps huge selection of job offerings available on the internet in one extensive database by referencing job listings originating from job boards, recruitment agency websites and large specialist recruitment sites. Job offerings in this site are not hosted by Careerjet and users are always redirected to the original job listing. Its job search engine network encompasses over 90 countries, featuring separate interfaces that are translated into 28 languages.
BestJobs works together with CompuTrabajo and InfoJobs.com.br which are part of the job and recruitment network of Red Arbor present in 33 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, United States of America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Philippines, Kenya, South Africa, India and Indonesia. What’s nice with this site is their fast jobseeker registration and the easy employer recruitment process.
Indeed is one of the best job search engines worldwide. Its site navigation is very straightforward and its automatic location finder is very handy and time saving. Employers can freely post jobs directly on Indeed. Since 2004, Indeed has given job seekers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. This job site and job search engine site drove millions of targeted applicants to jobs in every field.
In terms of web design, this job site has the best web design among this list and is the best online recruitment site for fresh graduates. Like Hireme.ph, this site has a very easy navigation and with their user-friendly and easy-to-use tools, they make job hunting fun and easier. What makes them different from other job sites is their Resume link creator which help job seekers share their resume online.
JobOpenings.ph was launched in 2008 and is a sister site of WorkAbroad.ph. This site is one of the most trusted job sites by top companies and local recruitment agencies in the Philippines. Aside from posting job advertisement, member employers and agencies can also monitor their job posts at anytime of the day and view, sort and contact qualified applicants in an instant.
Like trabaho.com and Jobs180, this job site also offers informative and comprehensive articles. They frequently post employment news, career guides, employee’s rights and benefits, career videos and latest career events.
Founded in 2007, Glassdoor is the world’s most transparent career community that is changing the way people find jobs, and companies recruit top talent. This job site and search engine holds a growing database of 6 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other jobs sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees. Add to that millions of the latest jobs — no other community allows you to see which employers are hiring, what it’s really like to work or interview there according to employees, and how much you could earn. Glassdoor has also a mobile app on iOS and Android platforms.
JobStreet is one of Asia’s leading online employment marketplaces. Since 1995, JobStreet.com has grown to become one of the leading Internet Recruitment websites in the Asia-Pacific, revolutionizing the way recruitment is done today. JobStreet offers a comprehensive suite of interactive recruitment services. International and local Asian corporations recruit from JobStreet.com’s ever-increasing pool of top talent and manage their recruitment process through uniquely developed software applications via the Internet.
In November 2014, they became part of the Australian Stock Exchange-listed SEEK Limited – the world’s largest online employment marketplace by market capitalization.
Started in 1998, JobsDB is a job portal with substantial positions across China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, and is considered Asia’s preferred destination for job seekers. With a team of 1,000 talented individuals, they have a strong local presence in the countries they’re in.
In 2011, (like JobStreet) they also became part of the Australian Stock Exchange-listed SEEK Limited — the world’s largest job portal by market capitalization.
Founded in 1994, Monster.com is the leading online global careers network available in 50 countries around the world. Their tagline is pretty simple “Think Big, Be Happy” and their goal is to help job seekers make the most of their 80 or 90 years on this planet.
Cool isn’t it? To add from these, Monster’s site is very easy to navigate. They also organize fun and crazy contests that is why Monster is the best job site in the Philippines.
“It’s not fair to compare one artist to another because they all come with their own sort of elements to the picnic, you know.” - Annie Lennox
Life is not fair, it’s a given. Some people were born poor while other people were born rich. But even if this is the case, why does some successful people rooted from humble beginnings? Why does some poor people built better careers than the ones who were born from a rich family?
In her TED Talk, Regina Hartley–the VP of Human Resources at UPS–named the two types of people (applicants) as “The Silver Spoon” and “The Scrapper”.
Regina Hartley’s TED Talk
According to her, the Silver Spoon is the one who clearly had advantages and was destined for success while the Scrapper is the applicant who had to fight against tremendous odds to get the qualifications and get to the same point.
In her TED Talk, she strengthened her point that those who don’t always look good on resume may be just the person best to hire.
What’s your key takeaway from her TED Talk
If you are the hiring manager, who would you choose? Regina Hartley says — hire the scrapper — the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose. Choose the one with the imperfect resume.
If you are an applicant, instead of complaining about your situation, believe in yourself. Believe that you can get the job. And how will you do that? Prove to the hiring officer that you are the best one for the job. Be proud to be a scrapper.
Who is Regina Hartley?
She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HRCI. Throughout her 25-year UPS career – working in talent acquisition, succession planning, learning and development, employee relations, and communications – Regina Hartley has seen how, given the opportunity, people with passion and purpose will astound you. Today, Hartley is a human resources director for UPS Information Services, and makes human connections with employees immersed in technology.
About TED Talk
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world
According to the Federal Trade Commission, the number of identity theft incidents has reached 9.9 million a year. Every minute, about 19 people fall victim to identity theft and it takes the average victim an estimated $500 and 30 hours to resolve each identity theft crime. Identity theft is a serious problem that is why job seekers should know how to secure themselves when looking for a job.
Job Seeker’s Guide to Preventing Identity Theft
1. Avoid giving too much information in your resume
Be careful of posting your personal information on the internet. Do you really want just anyone to have your home address, home phone, fax number and all your email address? When creating your resume, avoid giving too much information (TMI) about yourself. Birthday, age, weight, height, complete address, and civil status do not belong in your resume because apart from leading to discrimination it also give hackers the chance to sniff your personal information.
Note: Never include such information as driver license number, birthday or Social Security No. on an application that someone sent you through email.
2. Upload your resume to trusted Resume banks
Ever since the advent of internet, job hunting has gone digital and became easier for applicants to look for jobs and employers to look for suitable candidates. This became possible because of electronic resume banks. Electronic resume banks are the computer dating agencies of the job search. Resume banks offer a potentially easy way to match job and job seeker. However, there is also a risk in uploading your resume to a resume banks. In some instances, your resume may get to the hand of the bad people if you are not careful. That is why you should only upload your resume on trusted resume banks like Monster.com, Indeed, Glassdoor and JobStreet. Remember, identity thief can make themselves look like real employers.
3. Create a separate personal and professional email address
One way to avoid identity theft is to create a separate professional email address and personal email address. You can use your professional email address in your job search and networking. In this way, you can protect your normal email from spammers. Here’s a guide for creating a professional email address.
4. Beware of spyware and phishing scams
Spyware and phishing scams are ways of hackers to sniff your personal information. Spyware is a type of malware installed on computers that collects information about users without their knowledge while Phishing is an attempt to acquire information (and sometimes, indirectly, money) such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. (Read more about spyware and phishing).
Protect yourself from Spyware and Phishing
Protect your computer with a firewall, spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
When conducting online transactions, look for a sign that the site is secured such as a lock icon on the browser’s status bar or an “https:” URL whereby the “s” stands for “secure” rather than an “http:”
Beware of links in emails that ask for personal information, even if the email appears to come from an enterprise you do business with. (Read more about Preventing Phishing Scams and Spyware)
Have you ever asked what you should wear in your job interview? Have you ever asked what dress codes mean when you hear them? Well, worry no more because here is a guide that will help you dress for success in your next job interview.
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