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As college commencements have come and gone, graduates are polishing their resumes in the hopes of landing their dream job. With the increasing popularity of digital and social media, graduates will need to incorporate job hunting techniques that go beyond the traditional methods in order to be successful in today’s job market.
Technologies such as smartphone apps, Web tools and social media networks are not only useful when leveraged in career searches, they are also necessary to promote a job seeker’s personal brand among prospective employers. And, while a degree in a particular field is an obvious requirement, nowadays, recruiters are looking for candidates who have experience in their chosen field and who will represent their company in a professional manner – especially when it comes to online technology and social media utilization.
Fortunately, Microsoft has developed tips and resources for recent graduates to help them master the art of interviewing in the digital age:
Establish an online presence: Demonstrate industry knowledge and professional views on relevant work topics by utilizing social media like Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and creating a blog with software such as Windows Live Writer to showcase your skills and build your visibility.
It’s no secret today’s graduates are entering a very difficult job market. By taking advantage of technology and these tips, they can give themselves a competitive advantage in finding their first professional job.