Using Social Media in Your Jobhunt
We all like to feel wanted, and a great way to get Recruiters coming to you is to put yourself out there online.
The first step is making your LinkedIn profile work for you.
1. Your headshot.
If your profile photo is the last time you wore a suit, at your friend’s wedding, get a new photo. A selfie or won’t do either.
Get a friend to take a photo of you, dressed in something smart (but not too formal) against a neutral background.
No sunglasses, other people, pets, or swimwear. I’ve seen them all.
2. Detail your duties and work experience with measurements.
Quantify everything you’ve done.
3. Really fill out your notable projects, using plenty of the searchable keywords that a recruiter might be looking for.
4. Get recommended for projects and roles you’ve had. Your peers, supervisors and reporters can leave a reference for all to see, letting the headhunters that you’re worth contacting.
5. Update your contact info. Check that any linked blogs or website are still there.
6. Join LinkedIn groups in your industry, connect with people you know from your company and in your chosen field too as it helps your visibility in people searches.
Ok, so your LinkedIn is all good. Don’t forget your other channels. Unless you’ve set them to private, Recruiters, HR teams and your future boss can find you and read everything you’ve posted on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and everywhere else you’ve been writing. Make sure that your personal brand is consistent and won’t offend or put anyone off from giving you an opportunity.
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