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Social Media – Help or Hinder?

In this day and age having a social media profile is just as important as a resume. Potential employers will not only review your resume they will also review your online profile across a variety of social media pages. Be professional!

There are hundreds of social media websites and apps and a handful of them used correctly can assist you in this rapidly evolving social media universe we’re in!

LinkedIn is often described as Facebook for business, a networking site that has emerged as the leading social media site for professionals. LinkedIn has over 300 million members and is growing fast. If you’re in the market looking for a new opportunity we would highly recommend you have an up to date profile on LinkedIn. This profile will give a potential employer a rundown of your work history, recommendations, certifications and connections. One of the best things about LinkedIn is it’s not just useful for active job seekers, it helps you get found when you are only passively seeking for work.

Twitter allows you to connect with your friends — and other fascinating people. Get in-the-moment updates on the things that interest you; Russell Crowe’s new girlfriend or Ricky Martins brand of new sunglasses; there’s something for everyone. Create a profile, follow companies, individuals, celebrities and recruitment agencies. Twitter isn’t necessarily going to find you a new job but it will certainly increase your knowledge.

Personal web site/blog – According to a recent study, 56 percent of employers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool. Creating a personal web site will allow you to showcase your digital portfolio (especially relevant to those in Digital, Design and Development). This is also a great place to include a blog, a great way to showcase your industry knowledge.

Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends.  Friends can tag photos of you (not necessarily the ones you want potential employers to see) so whatever you do make sure your security settings are set to ‘friends only’, you don’t want this to be the end of your job search. You’d be amazed how many employers will check your Facebook profile!

Instagram instant picture and video sharing with family and friends, generally not used in a business so ensure your security settings are set to private.

As social media tales over the world, the landscape is changing quicker than ever before. Your social media presence can absolutely get you or lose you that perfect job!

Speak with Select Resumes today about developing your social media presence including a career-enhancing LinkedIn profile and creating hyperlinks directly from your social media pages into your resume! Call the experts on 1300 99 11 94.

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