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Using social media to find jobs

How can I use social media to find jobs near me?

Lots of employers use social media to share their job vacancies. The channels that employers use will depend on their business. Not all jobs will be on every channel.

Find jobs on Facebook

Get tips to find jobs, and connect with employers and organisations.

On Facebook you can connect with other people, groups, and organisations.

People often use Facebook to share information with family and friends. Users can post comments, share pictures, videos, and links to other posts.

Find jobs on Facebook by:

  • Searching for local community Facebook pages or Facebook groups. Join the group or follow the page. You could post to ask if people know of any employers recruiting or jobs in the area. It helps to give an idea of the type of job you are looking for
  • Searching for a local employer’s Facebook page. Look through their posts to see if there are any job vacancies. If you would like to work for them, like the page. In the ‘follow settings’ for that page you can choose how you see posts in your feed. Make choices about the notifications you get for their posts
  • Following the pages of any local recruitment agencies that post the types of jobs that interest you
  • Writing a post on your own timeline to let your friends, family and connections know you are looking for work. They might know about jobs that they can tell you about
  • Searching for ‘Jobs in Wales’ and see if something in your local area comes up
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Find jobs on LinkedIn

Discover how to search for jobs, make business connections and share your professional profile.

LinkedIn is a professional networking channel.

Create your LinkedIn profile like an online CV. Use it to highlight your skills and experience and keep it up to date.

LinkedIn headings suggest information to include. Visit Build a CV if you need ideas. Take the Buzz Quiz to find help you identify your strengths for your LinkedIn profile.

Your homepage shows posts from your contacts and companies you follow. These could include job vacancies but LinkedIn has a jobs section where you can search for jobs.

Your headline appears under your profile picture. Use it to provide a clear statement about yourself as people will see this when they search.

You can let people know you are looking for work by selecting ‘open to finding a new job in your profile.

Build your LinkedIn network and what you see on your homepage by making connections. Do this by:

  • Joining school, college, or university alumni groups
  • Connecting with current and previous colleagues
  • Researching companies you are interested in and following them
  • Searching for and joining groups that cover topics of interest
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Find jobs on Twitter

Explore ways to find jobs and which hashtags will help you find jobs near you.

You can use Twitter to post, like and reply to short messages called tweets. Tweets are up to 280 characters long. They can include pictures, videos, links, and text.

Find jobs on Twitter by:

  • Following employers, job sites or recruiters that interest you
  • Making or subscribing to a ‘twitter list’ to follow accounts that share content about a certain topic or industry
  • Looking out for separate accounts that larger organisations might use to share their job vacancies
  • Following your local Job Centre Plus account
  • Searching for hashtags used to round-up local job vacancies

Content on Twitter moves very quickly. Get the most out of Twitter by tweeting regularly. Use the 160 characters in your Twitter bio to give a summary of you and your interests.

Job Centre Plus have accounts that tweet vacancies and useful job search information covering all regions of Wales. Follow the accounts in your area and search for the hashtags to find tweets about jobs. Job Centre Plus post tweets at the same each week, but you can search for and find them at any time.

Table of Job Centre Plus Twitter accounts and useful regional hashtags
Local Authority JCP Twitter Account Review Hour Hashtag Friday 11am to 12pm Local spotlight hashtag and the day and time tweets are posted
Blaenau Gwent @JCPinSEWales #TheSEWalesReview
#BlaenauGwentJobs
#SpotlightBG
Tuesday 2pm
Bridgend @JCPinSwanseaBay #SBayReview #SpotlightBridgend
Thursday 11am
Caerphilly @JCPinSEWales #TheSEWalesReview
#CaerphillyJobs
#SpotlightCaerphilly
Tuesday 11am
Cardiff @JCPinSEWales #TheSEWalesReview
#CardiffJobs
#SpotlightCardiffVOG
Thursday 2pm
Carmarthenshire @JCPinWestWales #TheWestWalesReview #SpotlightCarms
Wednesday 11am
Ceredigion @JCPinWestWales #TheWestWalesReview #SpotlightCeredigion
Thursday 11am
Conwy @JCPinNWWales #TheNWWalesReview #SpotlightConwy
Wednesday 2pm
Denbighshire @JCPinNEMidWales #NEMidWalesReview #SpotlightDenbighshire
Tuesday 2pm
Flintshire @JCPinNEMidWales #NEMidWalesReview #SpotlightFlintshire
Wednesday 2pm
Gwynedd @JCPinNWWales #TheNWWalesReview #SpotlightGwynedd
Tuesday 2pm
Isle of Anglesey @JCPinNWWales #TheNWWalesReview #SpotlightAnglesey
Monday 11am
Merthyr Tydfil @JCPinSEWales #TheSEWalesReview
#MerthyrTydfilJobs
#SpotlightMerthyr
Monday 2pm
Monmouthshire @JCPinSEWales #TheSEWalesReview
#MonmouthshireJobs
#SpotlightMonmouthshire
Wednesday 2pm
Neath Port Talbot @JCPinSwanseaBay #SBayReview #SpotlightNeath
Tuesday 11am
#SpotlightPT
Wednesday 11am
Newport @JCPinSEWales #TheSEWalesReview
#NewportJobs
#SpotlightNewport
Thursday 11am
Pembrokeshire @JCPinWestWales #TheWestWalesReview #SpotlightPembs
Tuesday 11am
Powys @JCPinNEMidWales #NEMidWalesReview #SpotlightPowys
Thursday 2pm
Rhondda Cynon Taf @JCPinSEWales #TheSEWalesReview
#RCTJobs
#SpotlightRCT
Monday 11am
Swansea @JCPinSwanseaBay #SBayReview #SpotlightSwansea
Monday 11am
Torfaen @JCPinSEWales #TheSEWalesReview
#TorfaenJobs
#SpotlightTorfaen
Wednesday 11am
Vale of Glamorgan
@JCPinSEWales
#TheSEWalesReview
#ValeJobs
#SpotlightCardiffVOG
Thursday 2pm
Wrexham @JCPinNEMidWales #NEMidWalesReview #SpotlightWrexham
Monday 2pm

@JCPyngNghymru is a Job Centre Plus Twitter account that tweets in Welsh for all regions.

Building your own network on Twitter takes time and effort. People share interesting thoughts and content about different industries. Start by finding them and following them.

Get involved in conversations by:

  • Liking interesting tweets and tweeting a reply
  • Retweeting interesting content from organisations and mentioning other accounts using their @ profile name
  • Following and engaging with friends and people you have worked with
  • Taking part in Twitter chats. These take place regularly and use a specific hashtag. Find ones that cover jobs or topics that interest you
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Tips for using social media channels

Even though each social media channel is different, some tips are useful for them all.

How to make the most of your social media profile

If you don’t have a profile, there is a limit to what you can see and do on that social media channel. Decide if it would be worth setting one up.

Think about the pictures and comments you create, share or retweet.

Choose profile and cover pictures that reflect who you are and make a good impression.

Avoid anything that you would not want a future employer to see. Employers can use social media to build a picture of potential employees. They can decide not to offer a job to someone if they see something on that person’s profile that they do not agree with.

Your profile can work in your favour. You can use social media to display your interests and talents. It can show employers that you would be a good fit for their business.

Check the options you have for privacy settings. Decide what would be best for you depending on how you will use that channel. Is it only for sharing things with family and friends? Or something that anyone can see?

Keep your accounts active with up-to-date posts, tweets, or comments. Write and share interesting things. Only use the channels that work for you. Keeping them all up to date can take time.

Find and connect with people to find out about jobs

Search for company pages or profiles on the social media channels you use. This can be a great way to find out more about an employer and see job vacancies.

Show your interest in an employer by following and engaging with their account or page. Liking or commenting on their posts will also make it more likely that you will see posts from them.

Make your comments polite and appropriate. Try to add value to what is being shared.

Check community pages and interest groups for recent posts. Follow or join any that you think are interesting or useful.

Use hashtags to find jobs near you

Search for hashtags (a word or symbol with a # before it) to find posts that interest you.

Look out for hashtags used for events, your local area, or a sector you would like to work in.

Try using more than one hashtag in your search. Try hashtags that narrow down what you are looking for. For example, #jobs #northwales #ITjobs

Not all posts will use hashtags, so use other ways to find job posts too.