The most widely used social media website for networking and job searching is
LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented social networking service. It is used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their resume. Even if you do not have work experience,
create an account profile and begin building your network. Connect with classmates, professors, friends and co-workers. LinkedIn can help you maintain contact with people after you transfer, graduate and when you change jobs.
Facebook, SnapChat, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, etc.
Social media can both help you and hurt you in your networking and job searching process. When beginning the job searching and networking process the first step is to examine your social media profiles and begin to remove any content you may not want a potential employer to see.
"Social recruiting is becoming a key part of HR departments – three in 10 employers (30 percent) have someone dedicated to the task. When researching candidates for a job, employers who use social networking sites are looking for information that supports their qualifications for the job (61 percent), if the candidate has a professional online persona (50 percent), what other people are posting about the candidates (37 percent) and for a reason not to hire a candidate (24 percent)."
Employers are not only looking at social media, 69 percent of employers use search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo to research potential candidates, a 10 percent increase from last year.
"Learn from those before you – more than half of employers (54 percent) have found content on social media that caused them not to hire a candidate for an open role. (CareerBuilder.com 2017)
Start by "Googling" your name and see what employers will see if they do the same.
Social media sites can also help you in your networking and job search. "Like" and follow organizations that you are interested in. Post articles and thoughts related to your industry of interest.
Forbes Magazine has a great guide on building your social media profile.