Your Social Media as a Good CV for your Job Search
If you are hunting for a new job, chances are your prospective employers are going to investigate your social media profiles. According to International Labour Organization (ILO), 93 per cent of recruiters review candidate’s social profiles before making a hiring decision.
Employers are increasingly using social media to find out more about prospective candidates prior to meeting and making their hiring decisions.
In a competitive job market, it’s important to present yourself in the best possible way — both on and offline. You need to be shouting about positive experiences to boost your employability such as pinning top tweets demonstrating your achievements of which you are proud. At EmployMe.com.ng, we have developed new tools which provide practical help to young Nigerians to present their best self online using social media and successfully transition into work.
Here are top 5 tips to help boost your employability status using your social media platforms.
Spring clean your social media profiles
When recruiting, companies are not just relying on a CV and cover letter; they are also checking potential candidates’ social media channels too. So it’s important to remember that what you do and say online could be seen by anyone, and will be there forever. Decide which social networking sites you want to keep away from work and use privacy settings to ensure your New Year’s Eve party pictures don’t spoil your chances with potential employers. Make sure you also remove/delete any social media profiles no longer in use. Just because you’re not updating your old Bebo and Myspace accounts doesn’t mean they no longer exist.
Make sure employers know you’re available
When writing your social media bios, particularly for LinkedIn, remember employers could read it too. This is your chance to not only highlight your skills and achievements but also show you are available to work in that industry too. If you’re looking for a full time position in a certain field then don’t be afraid to say so.
Ensure your email address is professional
When sending potential employers your CV, the first thing they’ll see is your email address, so make sure it’s professional. You wouldn’t want to send a company an email using your childhood address of firstname.lastname@example.org. Create a new professional account that can be used for jobs and building contacts.
Don’t be afraid to highlight your life experiences
Social media doesn’t have to be used solely for selfies and life updates. Why not upload photos and videos of your life experiences such as work experience, volunteering and achievements. Social media can be a great way to show your creativity and personality, so you could turn your work experience into a Vine. With employers checking social media accounts, pin the updates that most highlight your experience. These will remain at the top of your profile and will be the first updates employers will see.
Share your friends achievements too
While a lot of people like to use their social channels to highlight what they’re doing, try doing the same for your friends too. This will not only showcase that you’re a team player, but also that you’re supportive and motivating when it comes to peer’s accomplishments.