According to Careerbuilder.com, about 65% of employers check social media to see if a candidate presents himself or herself professionally. This means that, you, as a job seeker, have the responsibility to make sure your social media profile does not disqualify you from your dream position. In 2017, it can be difficult to truly have full control over what information gets out there but there are many ways you can make sure that your social media remains attractive to employers. Here on Shortstints, we equip you with all the tools and advice you need to put the chances on your side when it comes to landing the temp job of your dreams.
Here are a few tips you can use to make your social media profiles recruiter friendly
KEEP IT PROFESSIONAL
Let’s face it, nothing is truly private once it is exposed on the internet. Having a “private” profile won’t guarantee that your future employer won’t beable to see some of your pictures on your worst behavior. This is why it is so important to keep your feed as professional as possible. This does not mean that you need to compromise who you really are. It just means that you need to filter the information that you allow to be seen by strangers on the internet. You do not want your social media to disqualify you from your dream job, just because some of your pictures were inappropriate.
Post statements you would feel comfortable sharing with your bosses and clients in person. Think twice before using vulgar language or curse words. Before posting, take some time to ask yourself “Would I be comfortable saying this to my client’s face?” If you have doubts, do not post it.
THINK BEFORE YOU TWEET. Be careful not to use your twitter account as a diary to bash your boss and colleagues or to complain about work in general. This will say more about your character than you can imagine.
Take the time to carefully choose your profile picture. Avoid posting any picture that can shock your future employer (drunken nights, pictures revealing too much of your body parts and more).
LET YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE BE YOUR RESUME
Use your social media as your portfolio. Make sure your profile highlights your skills and talents. If you are looking for jobs in the photography field, make sure your future employer can see your work as soon as they click on your profile.
Make sure you use keywords that will help you be more visible to the right employer. When talking about your skills, be sure to include specific words and phrases that match the qualifications of jobs you are seeking.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS
Each social media site gives you privacy options regarding who can see what you share and who can tag you in their own posts. Make sure you separate your professional life from your private life. Make sure you have the maximum control over where you appear, your personal image and reputation in general. This also means, filtering who you allow to follow you and tag you in pictures.
DO NOT SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Spending too much time on social media can tell your employer that you are not the type of employee who will put his/her phone away to get the job done. Your social media is yours and no one else’s but it is important to use it carefully and strategically. You do not want to be disqualified or give the wrong impression because you are glued to your phone all the time. You should use social media to share pertinent information about yourself, your life, what you do, and what you’re interested in, but not use it 24/7. Yes, social media is extremely important for job search, but do not forget to actually get out into the marketplace and network!
UPDATE YOUR BIO FROM TIME TO TIME
As you evolve, you acquire more experiences and your titles change. Make sure your bio stays up to date and truly represents who you are professionally and as a person. Keep your bio updated as your job or your interests or your life changes. Try giving as much information as possible. You can add links to other relevant social media pages or websites. Make sure you have a consistent bio across all of your social media pages so that you keep highlighting the same hobbies, job positiond and more.
Social media can be tricky but as long as you follow this rule you will be fine: “Do not post anything you would not want your employer to see and make sure your privacy settings are working in your favor.” Use your social media as a tool to present you in the best possible way, not a weapon that will be used against you.
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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints