We all know that social media is one of the tools used to interact with other people, share details about our lives, like, photos, or professional information. But did you know that these social medias can be used for job searching, as well as a tool to market yourself to employers? Major social medias like, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Linkedin are now commonly used in job seeking and hiring. Some companies usually post job openings on these social medias for a fast spread of announcement and for applicants to send their resume conveniently. In this sense, some employers “stalk” the profile of their applicants to get a glimpse of the character of their applicants and from then, they can actually judge a candidate’s character and future work performance.
However, Isn’t it ironic that most of us tend to be so busy to update our social media profiles considering we spend a huge amount of time on social medias every day? Many of us have profiles that include a cropped photo from a party last year, or, a weird code name that has lots of “X’s” or “Z’s”. In this sense, you’re not actually making a good impression to your potential employers.
I have listed below the 3 powerfully simple ways to improve your social media accounts for job seeking that will help you get your desired position.
- Do not use an unprofessional picture. This is very necessary. You don’t have to spend a huge amount of money just to have a professional profile picture, you just need to make sure that it doesn’t involve a cropped photo of you from a Friday night out with people dancing in the background. A simple selfie will do, smile, but not too much. Just show to the world that you are “confidently professional with a heart”. Also, clean up your Albums. Untag yourself from terrible photos or you can just set your accounts to private in order to restrict access to your photos.
- Look through your statuses and comments. When browsing your profiles, employers tend to look at the statuses and comments you have made. This actually gives employers an idea of who you really are. Profanities and complaints about former employers are a major turn-off to employers. So always think before you click.
- Update your profile. You should also take some time to ensure that you match your profile to your resume/curriculum vitae. Keep your profile up-to-date and accurate. This will help employers to learn your educational background, attainments, and work history.
Finding a job can be very difficult as finding your soulmate but it won’t be as stressful if you somehow follow the steps mentioned above. Employers will truly appreciate these tips to improve your social media accounts for job seeking, and it will help you gain a good impression.