Social Media

Social media can be a useful tool in your job search. Employers will use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to engage with students and may advertise or highlight jobs using these networks.

Getting started

Use the Prospects guide job hunting and social media



If you have an account for LinkedIn then you can use the jobs tab to match your skills and preferences to potential roles.   You can let recruiters know that you are open to an approach without this appearing to your current network.

Follow potential employers to get job opportunities in your newsfeed.

Use the LinkedIn Alumni tool to find out what previous graduates of your course are now doing.   

You can find advice on creating a LinkedIn profile on our Making Applications pages

Find out how to build a stellar profile, identify job opportunities, connect with recruiters and build your professional brand with the Learning LinkedIn for Students free online course.
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Job-matching apps

Debut reverses the job search for students and graduates, letting the employer reach out to you directly. Complete your profile and if your skills and experience match, you may be talent-spotted. is similar.  After signing up and creating a profile you can see which jobs you are qualified for.


Managing your digital footprint

Many employers will check a candidate's online profile at some point during the recruitment process.   Your digital presence will form part of the the overall impression a recruiter has of you.   

  • Keep your personal and professional social network profiles separate and make sure your privacy settings are appropriate
  • Google your name to see what a recruiter might see - watch out for photos or posts you may have been tagged in 

Inside Careers have produced a short guide on managing your online presence