As a job seeker, you may be wondering if recruiters look at social media profiles?
The answer is, most do.
Here at ETC, we’ve been told by our large pool of employers that yes they do. This is consistent with a 2018 CareerBuilder survey which showed that 70% of recruiters look at social media profiles to screen candidates during the hiring process.
You may think of it as an invasion of privacy, but if you have your profile set to public then anyone can view it, so you should consider making yours private. Or if you want to keep it public – then there are some important things to be mindful of like how your social media accounts are portraying you as a person and what are they telling an employer about you as a prospective employee?
If you’re currently searching for jobs and putting your name out there, it’s time to give your social media profiles a spring clean:
Consider having 2 profiles:
A professional profile which is set to public and can essentially work as a digital Resume for you
A personal profile which is set to private where you are only sharing with your friends and family
A few of the key social media sites and tools that lend themselves to job seeking include:
LinkedIn—a site for professional networking.
Facebook—a social networking site for individuals and businesses.
Twitter—a microblogging site, for quick, short updates in real time. Messages are known as ‘tweets’.
Blogs—online articles or ‘posts’ that are usually organised around a particular topic. Search for blogs published by individuals or businesses.
On LinkedIn and Facebook, you can join groups or pages that are related to your career interests, and some of these groups even post job opportunities or shout outs looking for new candidates.
Here’s a great article by Open Colleges on Social Media’s role in your Job Search >>
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Make sure you prepare a Cover Letter to send along with your Resume when applying for jobs. Here’s a guide to help you write a winning cover letter >>
Does the job advertisement have a Selection Criteria? Don’t worry because we have a helpful guide for you on how to address selection criteria >>
ETC JobLab Training manual
Queensland Government website
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