Your Job Search & Social Media

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Before the birth of the Internet, many businesses would vet potential employees by referring to your CV and carrying out a reference check. While this procedure is still commonplace, with some amendments put in place depending on the role being applied for. Modern-day employers have access to a lot more information, mostly due to the popularity of social networking.

Isn’t My Social Network Private?

Of course, there are privacy settings in place that help people control who sees what when they make a post, but life on the Internet is very rarely private. In fact, a recent survey found that over 52% of employers search for a candidate’s social network page before making a decision as to whether they should be hired or not. So which social network is searched the most? Well, the following stats should give you an idea of just how thorough some recruiters can be when assessing potential employees:

  • LinkedIn: 92%
  • Facebook: 66%
  • Twitter: 52%
  • Google: 21%

As you can imagine, there are a series of red flags that will make you a less attractive applicant. These include posts containing content with profanity, sexual contact as well as bad grammar. As you can see, potential employers can build a better overall profile of you as a person, so it pays to monitor what you post via social networking.

What Should I Post on Social Networks?

Social networks allow people to share their identity as well as their interests, so no-one should ever conform to making their social network pages business-orientated. However, it makes sense to showcase our worth where possible.

So how is this done? If you’re looking to gain employment with a certain industry, it can be a good idea to share content that relates to that company. This shows employers that you are looking to live the brand, rather than just fill a position.

If you have a business-related social network page such as LinkedIn, ensure it details all your skills and accomplishments thus far in the business world. This partnered with the right kind of content and blog posts makes you a far more attractive proposition to any potential employer.

You should also ensure that your grammar is the best it can be. Should you need to practice writing posts, why not write them within a document or within a proof reading program before posting your update? This will ensure that your posts are coherent, and you will start ensuring all your future posts follow suit by way of habit.

Overall, engagement is key when making an impression with potential employers, but the right kind of engagement has to be implemented to ensure the right kind of results are yielded. If you’re a photographer that uses apps such as Instagram and Pinterest, then ensure you’re uploading some professional shots in order to who case your work. Those who write blogs related to the industry should ensure they’re shared on social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

What Do You Need to Get Started?

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Looking for a job can yield different experiences with different types of people. Some enjoy the chase, and applying for as many jobs as possible, whereas others may feel a little perplexed as to why they’re not receiving any feedback from their job applications.

Where a person resides can also affect as to how the job-hunting experience goes as does your access to transportation, but regardless of your position, there are a few tips that can ensure you put yourself in the best position possible when it comes to getting hired.

Take Your Time Creating Your CV

It goes without saying that the creation of a CV can be more than a little monotonous, but once it’s created it’s one of the main tools you will be using to get yourself in front of prospective employers. A CV should describe your roles without too much filler. A good idea is to highlight each position held and list some of your key responsibilities for each role.

You should also ensure that all grammar used is correct, and that the overall feel of the CV is a professional one.

Get Your Social Networks in Order

Social networking has recently become a primary way of assessing potential employees, as such, it makes sense to ensure that there is nothing being posted that could put you in a bad light.

Social networks should be viewed as an extension of your CV, and employers will use the information they find to help them build a profile of you and how suitable you are for the role. Ensuring that you only post ‘suitable’ posts ensures that prospective employers aren’t given the wrong impression of you.

It can also help to post a few links that relate to the industry you wish to work in. Not only does this mean that your social network could be found by prospective companies, but it also shows that you have a genuine interest in the brand.

Consider Showcasing Your Work

Depending on the sector you work in, the online world can allow you to build relationships with a number of businesses across the UK. This can be done by simply building an online portfolio via one of the more popular blogging platforms, and what’s more there are plenty of free options, so the only thing you need to invest is time.

There are many different platforms where you can host a portfolio or blog. WordPress allows for both self-hosted and free sites, while Blogger offers something a little more informal. Both platforms have a number of templates, and there are plenty of other options to choose from depending on your preferences.

A simple photography blog can help a professional photographer showcase their work with the click of a button, whereas a site curating any writing work and blog posts you have created in relation to the sector you would like to work in also yields similar results.

Those looking for a job will no doubt testify how difficult it can be, but many find that they get a lot from the experience if they inject the right level of enthusiasm. Of course, there can be disappointment along the way, but having the right mind-set and knowing your worth could see you reaping the benefits before you know it.