How important are relationships? With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be surprised to see exactly how close we really are.

According to a recent Facebook study, there are ‘six degrees of separation’ between any two people on Earth. Think about what that means… any two people could know each other through no more than six intermediary contacts. Social networks really bring a new whole new meaning to the saying ‘it’s a small world’.

What does this mean if you are on the job hunt? You are closer to your future boss than you know.

Think about prior jobs you have held. How many of those jobs did you get because a friend or family member introduced you or recommended you to your past employer?

With the help of social media, you can do your research online, find your dream job and then find a family or friend that can help connect you with your future employer. Start with these steps:

  1. Check Your Profiles – Go through your social media account with a fine tooth comb to make sure your profile is new employer friendly.
  2. Narrow Down Your Wants – Do some research on the internet and LinkedIn to find the exact job or position you are looking for and narrow down the companies you would like to work for.
  3. Reach Out – Reach out to your contacts and tell them what you are looking for. Be specific with the position and company. Being too vague will be harder for your contacts to help you.