Many Candidate look at the Job Search targeted for Jobs – e.g. in Online-Job exchanges or on websites of Companys. There are more effective ways of looking for a job – eg social Networking. You just have to use it properly.

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Applicants love job ads, studies show time and time again. When it comes to finding a new job, however, all possibilities should be used.

An important Success factor there is a strong network that offers tips on vacancies and Application or communicates important contacts. Good contacts are also the best basis to secure your own job.

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However, one should not wait until the times turn out to be bad and go to job search. Because the key to successful network work is not the answer to the question of who you know, but rather whether others know one. So you should not ask yourself what certain people can do for you, but always remember what you can help others.

There are also differences between online networking and casual, personal acquaintance: contact searches and networking via Internet works more directly than in “real life”. You look for the people in question according to certain of these given criteria - and at the same time sort out all the information you don't need. This can be an advantage because it saves a lot of time. But often there are also interpersonal things that you normally do Conversation “by the wayside”, on the route.

It depends on the platform

The Success When looking for a job, it ultimately also depends on which platform you use, because each has different advantages and disadvantages: Xing is probably the most well-known in Germany Business-Network in which real people can manage their business contacts with other people.

One of the core functions is making the contact network visible; for example, one can query through which other members one knows another. In addition, this offers System numerous Features such as contact page, search for areas of interest, forums and groups. There are also functions for scheduling events together with others and a marketplace where users can post and view job advertisements.

Private or professional? Which network is the right one?

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On the other hand, LinkedIn is the largest international business online network worldwide. Similar to Xing, LinkedIn offers the possibility to search for people with profiles in your own environment or Industry to search, track the history of other members and HR and to address decision-makers directly. In addition, you can call up company profiles on LinkedIn and recommend other members in the form of a short text on the profile of the respective contact.

Networks such as Snapchat or Fac are more intended for private useebook. Here users can post photos and videos, add friends and write comments. But precisely because these networks have more insight into the privacy allow is theirs Significance not to be underestimated for business.

10 Tips: How to use networks for job search

Online networks are now almost indispensable for job searches. We have compiled 10 tips for successful use.

  1. Let us recommend: Recommendations by colleagues and business partners highlight your strengths and show that you are a valued employee. As a leader, employees' recommendations can, for example, underline your leadership skills.
  2. Find out which companies are looking for their qualifications: Look for companies that hire people with similar qualifications. For example, if you are a web developer, search for people with these qualifications in your environment using the keywords (JavaScript, XHTML, etc.).
  3. Find out where the employees of a company were previously employed: If you know where employees of a particular company have worked before their current position, you can find out which criteria a company places special emphasis on when making new appointments.
  4. Find out where employees of a company go: Seeing where employees of a company go can help you find potential employers.
  5. Check if a company is currently hiring workforce: Find people who have recently changed jobs and ask for tips. You can view the entire career and find out what has made it so attractive for the employer.
  6. Get in touch with HR decision makers: Search for contacts to a job vacancy. However, make sure that the contacts are not more than two relationships away from you, ie you know someone who knows the person who has offered the job offer.
  7. Make contact with the right contact person for personnel questions: The best way to get in touch with the person in charge is through a person personally known to him. If you do not have such a contact, you will find someone within the company that makes contact for you.
  8. Air secret qualification requirements: Job advertisements usually only convey the meaning of what qualifications are actually sought for a specific job. Try to get an insight about contacts within the company and look closely at the employee profiles: From here you can draw conclusions about which qualifications are particularly in demand.
  9. Join startups: If you're not successful with large companies, it may be time to give a startup a try. Enter “Startup” as the keyword in the search. You can then restrict the search to specific industries and locations.
  10. Attention Privacy: Whatever data and information you put on the web, you should be aware that employers and potential colleagues can see it - sometimes even years later. So be careful.

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