Everyone’s heard the phrase ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!’ and networking can be a great way to help you find a job. A recent survey exposed that 75% of businesses are using or planning to use social media in their recruitment process, meaning it’s vital that you portray yourself in a positive light. Here are a few top tips on how to maximise your efficiency when using social media in your hunt for employment.
Before you begin, make sure all your pages and bios are fully up to date. Include relevant experience, erase any incriminating photos or inappropriate posts and remember to add a little something that highlights what makes you different and sets you apart from the crowd.
LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with over three million business pages. It’s a fantastic platform to highlight your work experience and education with its CV-like profile page and is a more formal platform than the likes of Twitter and Facebook. There are ‘job boards’ for just about every sector so get scrolling!
With the number of Twitter users growing by 135,000 every day, it’s a great way to connect with pretty much anybody, instantly. Search for company handles and get researching.
Facebook isn’t just for socialising with friends and uploading your photos from the weekend. Large companies like Pepsi and Gap are now using the site as part of their recruitment process.
If you feel you want to explore further Social Media platforms there’s always Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+. Keep in mind that according to recent surveys, 8% of employers have fired someone for their social media content so filter out anything that could give off a negative impression and keep it clean.
Connect all your profiles and add links to your personal blog on your sites to highlight your personal interests and skills.
Remember the key word is ‘Social’! It’s all about networking, making connections and having positive interactions with individuals and businesses.
We know that searching for your prefect job isn’t always easy. So make the most of the tools available to you and update, update, update! Good luck.