Social media for job search
The modern day job hunt has evolved from a simple newspaper and online jobs board search. We now have the ability to use rich social spaces to connect with and attract potential employers. As a candidate its important to remember you no longer make your first impression with impeccable presentation and a handshake your initial impact is now made through Google.
Create a positive digital footprint
- Ego-surf, check the impression you're creating by Googling yourself
- Untag yourself in less flattering or any inappropriate photos
- Delete social media posts which may negatively impact your job seeking goals
- Use privacy settings cautiously, hide the negative while highlighting the positive
- Create professional online profiles showcasing your skill and experience, keep them up-to-date.
- Get involved in professional forums, join the discussion.
- Always use appropriate respectful netiquette and check your grammar and spelling.
- No selfies, use the most professional looking photo you have and craft your tagline to how you wish to be seen.
- Search vacancies through LinkedIn jobs
- Follow organisations you're interested in working for and view profiles of those who are already employed by them Research hiring managers if you know a particular company is recruiting
- Connect with industry job seeking groups for search tips and opportunities
- Connect with individuals from your fields of interest if you know them or by asking a common connection to introduce you
- Collect skill endorsements and recommendations from colleagues, managers and other professionals who know your abilities.
- Follow Deakin Jobshop on twitter
- You can use a separate professional twitter account if you are already established on a personal twitter level and prefer not to mix the two
- Make all 160 characters of your bio count, be specific about what you have to offer and what you are looking for.
- Follow industry experts and organisations you're interested in, participate in discussions and communities that have meaning to you
- Link to any professional blogs or online profiles you have such as LinkedIn
- Build a bigger picture of your personality, showing your interests and style not just the professional you.
- If you're new to twitter familiarise yourself with the lingo and functionality
- Follow Deakin Jobshop on Facebook
- In Australia many large organisations utilise Facebook as part of their graduate recruitment strategy, follow research and interact with organisations of interest.
- Facebook like LinkedIn can be a good way to research hiring managers
- Reach out to your Facebook network by updating your status to reflect your job search goals
- Give the Facebook app BranchOut a go to create a professional profile and work timeline.
- Follow and reply to helpful job search blogs that may offer links to jobs, networking opportunities and relevant advice.
- Showcase your expertise and opinion in your own blog or utilise an e-portfolio
- If you do start a blog keep your posts regular
- Good blogs to follow for students and graduates include Deakin's Grad-Vac blog and Graduate Connection.