Why Social Media Is Important To Your Job Search…
Social media has become an important tool for both job seekers and employers. Employers are increasingly using social media to find out more about their candidates. Because of this you need to make sure that your social media profiles represent you in a positive way. The results from a 2017 CareerBuilder survey are something you should keep in mind when you use social media:
●57 percent are less likely to interview a candidate they can't find online.
●54 percent have decided not to hire a candidate based on their social media profiles.
●Half of employers check current employees' social media profiles, over a third have. reprimanded or fired an employee for inappropriate content.
●70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates.
Your social media profiles give employers an idea about who you are and what you have done.
These are some of the things an employers can see and learn from you online…
●How well you communicate (your spelling, punctuation, and grammar as well as your ability to clearly communicate ideas).
●Your work history and education.
●Your industry knowledge.
●Your use of alcohol.
●Your use of illegal substances.
●Your tolerance or bigotry.
●Your use of profanity.
●How you spend your non-work time.
What Not To Do On Social Media Platforms…
Here are some quick tips to remember keep your social media profiles job ready:
●Make sure your profile is clear of any inappropriate posts, pictures, and comments.
●Don’t complain about job or boss.
●Don’t post job offers unless you clear it with the employer.
●Use Social Media as a marketing tool. “Talk about” career areas of interest - if you want to work in sports - talk sports; in fashion - talk fashion.