Facebook is a key player in job search process today. Not only it allow employers to get a glimpse of who you are outside the confines of a resume, cover letter, or interview, but it also offers a job seeker the opportunity to learn about companies he is interested in, connect with current and former employees, and hear about job openings.
On the other hand, with companies increasingly using social networking sites to check out potential employees, it is now necessary to be aware of the image projected by one self’s online activity. So it doesn’t matter now how you set your privacy settings, whether you friend your boss on Facebook, or how many followers you have. What matters now is what you do on social media every day which can have a great impact on your career. It is therefore much important to have a close watch on your Facebook activity which can help you land into your dream job.
Below, we describe necessary Facebook activities you should take to land into to your dream job:
Facebook activity combines of sharing and contributing. Share industry related trends and news which you are interested in. Share content which has enough substance for you to contribute to with your views. Join groups and share your thoughts and opinions. Avoid use of racist and derogatory opinions. Resist sharing of inappropriate updates or content that can raise negative opinions about your personality and thought process. Have a professional approach in your activity (especially activity which is public).
Correct and Authentic Information
When you’re looking for a job or positioning yourself for career growth, it is important to have an online presence where you can showcase your skills and experience. Your online profiles will also help you connect with contacts who can expedite your job search and assist you with moving up the career ladder. Make sure you don’t add unnecessary and incorrect information about your education and work experiences. Your details should be free from any irregularities and consistent all throughout the other networks on which you are active to.
Networking is an integral part of your social media presence even if you are not an active job seeker. Having a quality network will help you when you are in need of a job at any point of time. It would be much easier to start your job search with quality connections that can always refer you for vacant positions in their organization. Try connecting with industry leaders and experts (with ‘follow’ button) and express your opinions on their posts. Establish a healthy connection with peers and seniors in your organization. Avoid connecting to fake and spam profiles. Remember, quality is more important than quantity when it comes to connecting.
Follow companies where you want to work in. Stay alert & keep an eye on their updates and career pages for upcoming opportunities. Be informed about their progression and news related to them. Do your homework properly by understanding the mission and values of the organizations you want to work for.
Customized Privacy Settings
Privacy is an issue on Facebook, in general, but it’s even more of an issue when you’re job searching. If you’re not careful, everything you post on Facebook can be seen by your current employer or a prospective employer. Inopportune comments and/or inappropriate photos have cost job seekers offers and have caused employees to be fired. Given the fact that just about everyone does use Facebook, it’s smart to take the time to make sure that what you post is seen only by who you want to see it, not by the world.
Your Facebook activity should be comprised of personal and professional persona. This means the job seekers shouldn’t just focus on hiding or removing inappropriate content but they should also work on building strong social networks and creating online profiles that do a really good job of representing their skills and experience in the workplace.
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