Online networking for job searches

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Many people these days use social media to keep in touch with and share news, views and photographs and videos with friends and family. Social media is also useful for helping you keep up to date with personal interests like sport, music or hobbies. Increasingly many job hunters and graduates are turning to social media to help them in their search, using websites like LinkedIn to network with potential employers and recruiters. But if you’re beginning your online search for employment, how should you keep your personal life separate from your professional image and what’s the best way to network?

If you have or are setting up a LinkedIn account for the purposes of networking it can be a great way of attracting attention. Make sure your profile is detailed and contains all the information a potential employer needs to know, in many ways it is like an online CV and can be easily updated as your career progresses.

Lisa Harper from Triple Three Solutions said “In recent weeks I have mentored two career coaching clients who weren’t on LinkedIn before I worked with them. Both have now managed to secure new jobs through connecting with people on LinkedIn.” If you’re on the hunt for a new job, or undertaking a career change, getting some career coaching, or help with your LinkedIn profile can help give your job search a boost.

Your LinkedIn profile is often one of the first impressions you make to a potential employer, so using an appropriate and professional profile picture and making sure that your profile reads well and is checked for spelling and grammatical errors are basic ways to create a good impression. Many employers look for a well rounded individual with relevant hobbies and interests, as well as the usual things such a qualifications, skills and experience.

Other social media websites can be useful in the search for employment and contacts. Increasingly Twitter is a great way to make connections, but you should ensure your profile is professional, it may well be worth setting up a separate account to ensure your personal and professional personas are well defined. Pinterest is a great way to show off your style, especially if you’re looking for work in the creative industries.

If you spend any amount of time online using social media you create a digital footprint, a simple search of your name tapped into a search engine or into Facebook may well make for interesting reading for a potential employer. As a minimum you should check your privacy settings on your social media accounts and update them regularly. Anything that you find which might make potential employers look at your application less favourably should be deleted or your privacy settings set to private so the public cannot see them.

Using the internet and social media to network and find employment is a valuable tool in your job hunting armoury, it’s a great place to have fun and make friends, but it’s always wise to remember that unless you have proper privacy settings activated, whatever you say is in the public arena. Using LinkedIn can give your networking a serious boost and a strong, well written profile can really help you sell yourself.

Triple Three Solutions offer expert Career Coaching and Management to individuals and organisations. Call us today on 0161 300 1214 or email lisa@triplethreesolutions.co.uk for more information.