Employers are using social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to hire staff. Graham Snowdon explains how job seekers can use them to their advantage.

This article titled “The rules of social recruiting” was written by Graham Snowdon, for The Guardian on Friday 19th August 2011 22.02 UTC

Chances are you are already familiar with social networks as tools for keeping in touch with friends, or to broadcast your thoughts. But if their value as a way of connecting with potential employers has passed you by, it's time to wise up fast. Arecent US survey showed that nearly 90% of employers either use, or plan to use, social media for recruiting.

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