12 Things You Need To Know About Getting A Job Through Social Media

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Two-thirds of US companies expect to increase hiring in the coming year, according to a recent survey by social recruitment software developer JobVite.If you’re hunting for one of those jobs, it’s going to help to be on social networks. But make sure you keep them updated and professional — nearly half of recruiters always try to track down your online profiles, according to JobVite.

We’ve compiled the most intriguing findings from JobVite’s study and a few others about social media recruiting.

Over 80% of companies now use social media in their recruiting, and another 9% plan to start this year

And usage has increased over 12% over the past two years

Nearly two-thirds of recruiters have successfully hired talent using social networks, up 5% from the year prior

As expected, LinkedIn is by far the most used social site for recruiting. Facebook is a distant second

100% of Fortune 500 companies have executives on LinkedIn, and 75% of Fortune 100 companies pay for job postings and/or improved search capabilities

Source: Online MBA

55% of companies are actively increasing their investment in social media recruiting

More than 2 million companies have LinkedIn Company Pages

Source: LinkedIn

The most represented companies on LinkedIn are Apple, eBay, Cisco, EMC, Amazon and Campbell's

Source: LinkedIn

Recruiting on LinkedIn and Twitter is increasing, but Facebook's growth has gone stagnant

Be ready for more competition than ever in your job search this year -- 77% of recruiters expect an increase

Know that you're competing against the 76% of LinkedIn users that have college degrees -- 9 million of which are recent college grads

Source: LinkedIn

But recruiters admit that the best outside talent comes from referrals, not social networks

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