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Social Media Can Be A Valuable Tool To Job Seekers

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Richmond, VA—The Internet is proving to be a valuable tool for job seekers in the Richmond area and around the country; a Richmond-based company which helps people find work says social media is an effective job hunting tool, if used correctly.

SnagAJob spokesperson Courtney Moyer says companies are posting opening ion their own Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on website like the one SnagAJob operates frequently.

And the proof is in the numbers: in a recent SnagAJob survey of nearly 6,000 people, about half applied for a position they found through social networking. About 25 percent of those people got an interview, and 12 percent were actually hired.

"If it's done correctly, you can use it as an effective tool in you job search," Moyer says.

Some companies are accepting applications through social media sites, as well. Job seekers can also use a company's social media presence to learn more about their mission statement, who they're looking for and why they're hiring.

Moyer recommends using Facebook and Twitter to research a company before coming to an interview. She also reminds job hunters to make sure their own social media profiles are clean and professional.

"Be careful about your profile, don't post anything you wouldn't want a current or future employer to see and diversify your search."

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