There’s no question whether or not our generation is made up of experts at using social media. You know how to retweet, chat, like, filter – you name it. What many of you might not know, is how to use these same media platforms to land your dream job. Future employers are looking through your social media sites to find their next employee, and it’s important to know what to do to make sure they choose you!
While this is not your typical social media outlet, it’s so important when looking for your ideal job, putting yourself out there to network with employers, and letting them get to know your professional side. It’s crucial to choose a profile photo that reflects this. This is not the time to sift through your best selfies and put them up as your profile photo. Your photo should reflect how you would dress for a job interview. Your profile will be one of the first impressions your future employer will have of you, so make it a good one.
Write an introduction.
This is your chance to showcase your abilities and let your employer know your key accomplishments and what your goals are in your professional career. It’s important to be clear and concise here.
Include a job history.
Let the employer know where you’ve worked in the past, and make sure it’s all relevant to your career. Internships and volunteer work let the employer know that you have real life experience and are dedicated to a cause.
Clean it up.
Facebook is usually the first place employers will go when deciding if you’re their ideal candidate or not, so it’s important to monitor yours. We love to share every aspect of our lives with the world, but when you’re looking for a job, you may want to keep that picture of you doing a keg stand at last week’s party to yourself. This goes for all inappropriate material on your Facebook. If you wouldn’t be okay showing it to your parents, it should probably be deleted.
You can also use Facebook to find local job listings while going through different groups on your profile. Your dream job could be hidden away on a social media platform you never expected.
Share! Share! Share!
Follow companies that have something to do with your chosen profession, and then share with those on your timeline. Some companies will take notice of your sharing their material. This way, you can stay up-to-date on what’s happening in your field and will have something to talk about during an interview.
Keep it professional.
Just because Twitter gives you the option to share what’s on your mind, doesn’t mean you always should. Keep your Twitter free from any profanity that might be funny at the time, but will only end up hurting you later.
Take advantage of a Google Plus profile.
As if Google needs to introduce anything else to assist us in our daily lives, it’s now beginning to help us in our job search. Create a Google Plus profile and use it to showcase your best attributes. This includes using keywords that will show up in relevant searches.
Keep your Circle close.
Use the Google Circle tool to connect and network with influential people in your career field. Let them know you are out there without being too aggressive. You can even participate in conversations with them. The more engagement the better!
Social media is not all fun and games. It can be a really useful tool in landing a job if you use it properly. Put those shares, retweets, and likes toward helping you start a career!
Have any other social media tips to land your dream job? Comment below!
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Jalana is living in the city as she completes her Junior year at Baruch College. She is pursuing a career in Public Relations, and will start a new and exciting internship with Elizabeth Arden in the Spring! Once she graduates she hopes to travel around Europe before the responsibilities of adulting catch up with her.