Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media sites can help you get a job. Find out how to use them to your advantage to make connections and enhance your career.

Many of us are familiar with the old adage, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” but in today’s Internet-inundated world, it is what you know about successfully using social media sites that can help you connect with who you need to know to get a job. As thousands of graduates search for new jobs each school year, networking with potential employers through social media sites can help preservice and new teachers connect with current teachers, learn about potential job openings, and engage in professional conversations.

By using social media sites to follow trends in education, preservice teachers can stay up-to-date on educational policies and hot topics and identify where they would like to begin their teaching careers. Sites such as Facebook and Twitter allow people to post relevant news articles and other education tidbits. In addition, many national education organizations maintain pages on Facebook and other social media sites, connecting subscribers or “fans” with specific sites that align with their own interests.

Connect with other teachers

Teachers who immerse themselves in technology are more apt to acclimate themselves into a technology-rich school culture. Jordan Kohanim, a language arts teacher at Centennial High School in Roswell, Ga., uses social media sites in a variety of different ways.

“I use Facebook to help organize meetings among teachers from other schools within my county, but I also use it to communicate ideas with teachers from across the state and country,” Kohanim said.

Teachers who immerse themselves in technology are more apt to acclimate themselves into a technology-rich school culture.

“I use sites like StumbleUpon to pick up news and ideas from my fellow teachers, and I use this site to gather new web sites as well. My classroom can also be connected to another classroom via Skype or over Google docs.”
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