Are you over sharing? How to use social media to help you get that job

Make the best first impression.

If you haven’t Googled yourself before, now’s the time to do it. When you’re putting yourself out there to look for a new job, it’s important to make sure that potential employers get the best first impression. Here are our rules and tips to help you do just that:

  • Check your privacy settings. Make sure your social channels are set to private if you want them to stay that way. You won’t want a potential employer looking at your holiday photos or picture of you on that night out.
  • Make sure your profile picture is appropriate. Whether it’s Facebook, Linked In, Twitter or Instagram, think about what you’ve chosen and who can see it. If it’s open to be seen by anyone, don’t have anything too risky or that could scare off potential employers.
  • Update your Linked In profile. Make sure you’ve got a recent and appropriate photo and that your job history is up to date. That’s often the first place employers look so you need to make sure all elements of your current and most relevant roles are listed, so it reflects your CV.
  • Testimonials speak volumes. In a similar way to when you’re buying something from Amazon, reviews or recommendations can often influence your choice. Ask a previous employer, colleague or client to recommend you on Linked In. It will only take a few minutes to do but it could make all the difference for a potential employer to hear it from someone else. You can return the favour too!
  • Create a new channel. Instagram has become a great platform to use as a portfolio for your work, a key interest or what inspires you. It’s a way of expressing yourself, but always assume that if it’s not set to private, then anyone can see what you’re sharing. And potential employers will be looking! Think about your profile as a reflection of you and whether it would make the first impression that you want. It might make sense to make a private handle for showcasing work.

Still need some advice? If we’re already helping you with your job search then drop us a line with any of your questions or email hello@ilovemyjob.co.uk

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