Christians should harness the power of social media in their job search
After graduating from their degree programs at Christian colleges and universities, men and women of faith should use every tool at their disposal to find meaningful opportunities in their field. In addition to in-person networking through their school’s career services office, their church and their classmates, Christians should leverage the power of social media to find new opportunities and connect with like-minded believers.
Often overlooked by many men and women of faith, LinkedIn has become one of the most valuable platforms for individuals seeking work. Users can create detailed profiles that showcase their education, employment history, skills, career goals and other useful information. Not only does this enable Christians to find other users with similar goals and interests, it allows them to be found by employers, nonprofit organizations and even church outreach ministries seeking skilled individuals.
“Let’s say you’re applying for a job. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could actually introduce you to the hiring manager?” Alison Green, a management and employment columnist, wrote for U.S. News and World Report. “You can check LinkedIn to see if you have any pathways to that person. You might learn, for instance, that your neighbor’s former coworker works at that company – information you’d probably never otherwise never learn – and then you ask your neighbor to facilitate an introduction.”
The weakest link
When it comes to building a professional network on LinkedIn, men and women of faith should understand that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. As such, Christians seeking to expand their network should reinforce their weaker connections to strengthen secondary professional relationships with once-removed contacts.
“For instance, if you have 170 connections on LinkedIn, then you will have, on average 26,200 second-degree connections and more than 2 million that are three degrees away,” Todd Wasserman wrote in a post for news blog Mashable. “Having access to all those people can help you in a pinch.”
Patience and persistence
Depending on the field new graduates hope to enter, competition may be fierce. Although social networking websites such as LinkedIn can substantially improve an individual’s chances of finding new opportunities, it may take some time and effort for believers’ efforts to bear fruit. Patience and persistence are key when it comes to finding work using social media platforms, but with a positive attitude and the desire to succeed, men and women of faith can leverage the power of social media in their job search to propel themselves to new heights of success.