Social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. It can be a powerful tool when looking for a new job or trying to expand your professional network. Here are a few great tips from Quest’s recruiters to help you boost your career by making the best use of social media.
1. Develop a professional presence
Have you ever Googled yourself or tried searching your name on different social media platforms? If not, this is something you must try as companies will often Google potential candidates to see what comes up. If the search shows unprofessional images, it is time that you refined your profile to bring up some professional images.
2. Make the best use of LinkedIn
Make sure your profile is always up to date with your current position and credentials. Having a presence on LinkedIn is an essential first step in your job search stage. Use LinkedIn to showcase your skills and work experience. According to statistics by Ready Contacts, there is 13 times increase in the profile views for members who list skills in their profiles.
3. Follow industry experts and influencers
Stay up to date with the latest happenings in your industry by following top publications, influencers and industry experts. This is the best way to get all the news, trends and updates straight to your news feed. Additionally, you could also join groups and participate in the online conversations to build your network. LinkedIn and Twitter is a great platform to start with and Instagram too is growing for brands.
4. Follow Top Recruitment Agencies
If you are looking for a job, make sure you follow the companies that you want to work for in the future. Also, make sure you are following recruitment companies (such as Quest) on social media as they can get you the dream job that you’re looking for.
5. Connect with the right people
As per LinkedIn, the top way people discover a job is through a referral. Hence, it is essential that you make connections with people who work in the same industry as you such as recruiters and top industry professionals. Add a personal note about who you are and why you want to connect as this increases your chances of getting noticed.
6. Use privacy settings for Facebook
Make sure you check your privacy settings on Facebook especially for tagged photos. As mentioned before, recruiters often look at Facebook profiles to check if the individual is a good fit for the organization. Hence, the last thing you would want to pop up on their screen are drunk images of you at a karaoke or keeping bed company!
We hope these tips help you find your dream job and help you boost your career. For tips and advice on job search, CV writing, interviews and more, visit Quest Search and Selections’s career advice section.