Social media is not just about sharing photos, tweeting, or stalking your high school crush anymore. Today, it’s one of the most powerful self-promotional tools ever made–and recruiters are now turning to social media to screen their next hire.
According to a new study, about 70% of employers now use social media to do background work on candidates for employment and it has been a great factor in how likely a person is going to be hired.
Since social media profiles are viewed to be ‘personal’, checking on your social media account can help potential employers get a glimpse into your personality beyond your resume. That information enough might just push you to delete those embarrassing photos from your Facebook profile!
So if you plan on going job hunting soon, it’s best to be prepared and make your online self as attractive to potential employers as possible. Here are our top 5 tips on how you can make your social media profiles attractive to employers.
Update your LinkedIn Account
Engage with others and continue to build your network (try to reach more than 500+ connections!), since the more connections you have, the greater your visibility and presence.
Photo Spring Cleaning!
If these photos make you think twice if a potential employer should see them, it might be time to archive them. Or at least, change their privacy settings to ‘friends only’ sharing.
Also, don’t forget to check the photos you’re tagged in–you might just find photos that you’d rather not let anyone else see!
Highlight your achievements
Also, regularly check your inbox to see if recruiters are trying to connect with you since there are also some who would rather message you directly first rather than send an email.
Join career-relevant groups
While you may be tempted to watch cat videos or look at meme pages all day, having a source of relevant information on your industry can help you expand your knowledge even on your downtime.
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