7 Effective Tips for Landing a Sleep Technologist Job
It's time to rethink the job search by utilizing social media as a job hunting tool
There's been plenty of talk about using social media for job hunting. But how do I find a job as a sleep technologist? Do I have the right skills and profiles to actually make the job hunt through social media successful? How can I effectively land a sleep technologist job?
To answer your questions, we compiled a list of 7 effective ways to make sure that you're putting your best foot forward with social media to land your next dream job as a sleep technologist.
For starters, just a simple search of the keyword sleep technologist on Twitter brings up countless job posting tweets that are pushed out by the hour. LinkedIn and Facebook are also great resources that have a plethora of job listings just waiting to be seen.
So let's get right into it and discuss the 7 social media strategies that will land you your dream sleep technologist job
1. Make sure your social media profile is complete and professional
Although this one seems like a no-brainer, it's our first tip because it's one that a lot of people overlook. Make sure you monitor all of your digital profiles to make certain that every one of them is complete and professional. This includes a professional looking headshot and timely updates to your profile information. Not having a professional headshot can hurt your chances in landing that interview. These profiles should demonstrate not only what you've accomplished, but where your strengths are and what you can offer future employers.
Connect with others in your industry. LinkedIn's Groups are an excellent place to do this. The AAST has a robust LinkedIn group with more than a thousand sleep technologists as members.
3. Be Engaged
Make sure that you link to relevant companies in your field on LinkedIn and Twitter so you're automatically notified about new hires, product developments, and other news. “Like” companies you’re interested in and join the conversation about industry trends on Facebook. This is a great way to demonstrate your expertise and value to a potential employer. The AAST has its own Twitter account as well, where many sleep technology professionals engage in dialogue.
4. Be Known As A Resource
Help out others by answering questions, making introductions, and linking to provocative content. It's very apparent if you have a one-sided "what's in it for me?" mentality. People then know to expect that sort of thing from you--but if you regularly answer questions on LinkedIn and provide links to great content on Facebook and Twitter, you are again building that social capital. As a guide, try to give four times for every time you take.
5. Don't Ask For A Job
Keep your name in front of people in a position to help your career. And no, even though you're hidden behind a screen, you still shouldn't ask people outright for a job. Make connections with the right people and let them see you are an intelligent, qualified candidate by updating your statuses several times a week, providing content to the groups you join, and tweeting about that interesting article you just read.
6. Search For Jobs
Turn over those virtual rocks to find job postings. Most people know about sites like Simply Hired, CareerBuilder, Monster or Indeed. They provide access to millions of job postings and are used by a proportionate number of job seekers. Improve the odds in your favor by looking for jobs on company Twitter feeds, on their Facebook pages, and in LinkedIn Groups.
7. Make A Plan
It's also important to have a game plan in mind when you set out to use these sites as part of a job search. In other words, plan on working on your profile one day, joining groups another, or following companies a third. The point is not to try and do too many disparate tasks all day, every day. You'll waste too much time and not do anything as well as you could have if you were more organized and disciplined.
And just in case you needed a reminder of how awesome your job is, read about the top traits of the best sleep technologists in our field and the best practice tips to managing your career as a sleep technologist.
Sleep technologists, how did you find your job? Are we missing any other great tips to making the most out of your job hunt through social media?