Job hunting can be beyond stressful. Sometimes it feels like you are applying for literally hundreds of jobs and getting no responses. What can you do to stand out from the crowd? You need to optimize your online presence to give you the greatest reach and the best chance of getting your dream job. To find out how you can even use social media to find a job, carry on reading this article. But for now, here are our top ten tips to give you the edge
KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL
Ensure all your social media accounts look professional. If a potential recruiter finds anything else they will be unimpressed – they don’t really need to see that pic of you as a drunken mess. We have more advice on how to declutter your social media to promote yourself properly right here!
Being relevant is hugely important. Even on social media, this is your opportunity to stand out and be different. So, make sure your account is relevant to your job search. If you’re a wannabe entrepreneur, you can keep your facebook relevant with these groups.
Use your online presence to the best of your ability. Connect and network with as many potential employers/recruiters to land yourself your dream job. Get out there and be brave! For all those introverts, learn to network like a pro with these tips!
KNOW YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS
This is crucial. Potential employers won’t just look at your Linkedin profile. They will take the time to trawl through your Facebook and your Twitter. If they are offering you a post, especially one with responsibility then these checks are a given. It will pay off to double-check all those embarrassing posts or photos are hidden from the public.
TREAT IT LIKE A RESUME
This is your opportunity to impress. Don’t mess up. Make sure your account is a reflection of what a great asset you would be to any business. Ensure your strengths and capabilities are clear for all to see!
THINK ABOUT THE IMAGE
That hilarious profile pic of that night out with your girlfriends? Don’t even think about it. That selfie where you have nailed the feline flick? No! This needs to be a professional image that gives an accurate reflection of what a great employee you will be!
LINKS TO YOUR WORK
This is a must for creatives. Ensure your profile is a gateway to your portfolio. Have clear links (that work!) so potential employers can browse through your work and get a true idea of your talent.
HAVE A KILLER BIO
Easier said than done, we know! Make sure your bio is concise and provides an overview of your key skills and qualities. It is the first thing that recruiters will look at, you need to hook them in. If not, they may just click onto the next candidate.
UPDATE YOUR PROFILE REGULARLY
This can be so easy to forget, but it’s super important that you keep on top of this. If you have gained new qualifications or experience then others need to know. It might just get you the job!
Most important of all, make sure yo’ fabulous self is there to see. Your personality is your unique selling point, so make sure you don’t hide it. We are firm believers that social media can make or break your success – find out more here.
By Catherine Murphy