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Dropping off a copy of your resume is no longer enough to catch the eye of potential employers. Today's job searcher should have a professional online presence -- whether on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or personal blog -- to stand out in a sea of applicants.

Check out the following books to learn how you can most effectively use social networking sites to advance your career.


 The Complete Idiot's Guide to LinkedIn, by Susan Gunelius, 2012.
LinkedIn is your gateway to the world of professional social networking and can help you take your career to the next level. Full of strategic ways to put this powerful professional tool to work for you, this guide includes advice on how to find talented new employees for your company or to map out your own next career move.

 Find a Job through Social Networking: Use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and More to Advance Your Career, by Diane Crompton and Ellen Sautter, 2011.
Online networking is more than a fun way to pass time. It's a career management strategy that is rapidly changing the way job seekers and employers connect in the world of work. Readers will discover how to launch their online networking efforts and get the most out of LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs and other sites.

 How to Find a Job on Linkedin, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Other Social Networks, by Brad and Debra Schepp, 2010.
Finding the job of your dreams the old way just doesn't happen anymore. If you want great pay, great benefits, and satisfaction in your career, you must begin social networking. This book helps you take full advantage of the bounty of opportunities to be found on the most popular sites and will take you step-by-step through the process of joining networks, creating effective online profiles, and successfully connecting with employers.

 Knock 'Em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide, by Martin Yate, 2013.
Updated for 2013, Yate delivers a blueprint for success in a time when hundreds of candidates are competing for the same position. He tells you exactly where today's employment opportunities are and what skills you'll need to impress employers.

 The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha, 2012.
LinkedIn co-founder and chairman Hoffman and author Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in a competitive world. A revolutionary new guide to thriving in today's fractured world of work, the strategies in this book will help you survive, thrive, and achieve your boldest professional ambitions.

 Weddle's Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet: For Recruiters & HR Professionals, Job Seekers & Career Activists, by Peter D. Weddle, 2011.
Revised and redesigned, this edition includes sections covering the top job boards and career portals on the web, and a comprehensive directory of more than 10,000 employment sites. This must-have resource allows professionals and employment seekers to make smart decisions about where to invest time and effort online.

  What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard N. Bolles, 2012 ed.
In this vastly rewritten edition, career expert Bolles explains how to incorporate social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter into your job-search. These new ideas are wrapped around the familiar core message of Parachute: what, where, and how, with an emphasis on finding your passion and identifying your best transferable skills.

Additional Resources

LinkedIn Tutorial: How to Use LinkedIn for Business

Four Ways to Use Twitter to Find a Job (Forbes)

Best Job Search Websites (Digital Trends)

10 Smart Ways to Use Social Media in Your Job Search (U.S. News)

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