Whether you’re actively seeking a job at the moment or not, it’s always a good idea to present your various social profiles as though you are. You never know when opportunity is going to come knocking. It’s better to be ready when the moment comes than caught unprepared.
One of the things that many people fail to consider, even when gearing up for a major job search, is the importance of social media in the process. Times have changed since perhaps the last time you were in the market for a new job and social profiles are playing a much bigger role than most people realize. Here are just a few things you can do to make your social media presence a positive force for your job search efforts—today and in the future.
Tip 1 – Make Your Profile Public
You’d be amazed at what a deterrent this makes to prospective employers. In fact, many of them would rather see regular everyday photos on your profiles than the absence of images showing up on your public profile. Keeping your profile private, in many ways, makes it appear as though you have something to hide or something you don’t want people to know about you. Keeping your profile public will provide adequate access to your profile to companies who are interested in employing you.
Tip 2 – Be Sociable
It’s important to actually update your profile on a regular basis. Remain active and let employers know that you’re still out there working, producing, or looking for work. Provide regular status updates. The bottom line is that you want to be seen in this market place. You want your status and updates to show that you are active in your career and are staying on to of industry trends.
Tip 3 – Use Your Bio Space Wisely
In most instances you’re allotted a limited amount of room for your bio. Sometimes it’s a specific number of characters, as it is with Twitter. At other times, it’s a limited amount of words. Either way, it’s important to be aware of those limitations and use the space you do have wisely. Employ specific and targeted key words and phrases to attract the attention you want rather than creating a benign bio that really says little about you, your work situation, or what you have to offer a business that might be interested in hiring you.
Do these things and you’ll have the resume ready social profiles you need in order to remain competitive in the current employment climate. Don’t miss out on potential opportunities by failing to do these simple things with your social profile presence.
TempStaff can help you as you begin to conduct your job search online. Our skilled recruiters are up-to-date with social media recruiting and job search tips, to help you get a jump start on your new career.