Remember the time when Orkut became a huge hit amongst the hoi polloi?
Social media networks were first created to make friends or interact with existing friends. Later, people used social media to blog on an array of topics. Today, the scope of application of social media networks in our lives is limitless!
People may or may not have a computer, but they will have a social media account.
Roughly 92 percent of organizations recruit people using social media sites or applications. Drudging through hundreds of resumes can be very time-consuming.
At the same time, Social media helps gauge whether the candidate is even worth interviewing, thereby saving a lot of time and effort.
To increase your chances of landing the job, you must have the edge over other candidates, and you can do this by using social media correctly.
How to use social media effectively for jobs?
“You’ll never get a second chance to make a great first impression” – Will Rogers.
So how do you stand out from the rest? To begin with, you must create a profile on business/professional networking sites such as LinkedIn to make your presence felt.
Let recruiters notice you! There is a possibility that you connect with people who could be interviewing you in the future or maybe in charge of shortlisting you for a job.
Try to be more engaged on pages that post news and trends pertaining to your industry. Don’t shy away from revealing your personality on sites like Facebook or Twitter.
Recruiters normally tell you not to attach your photo on the resume. However, a professional-looking photograph on your social media profile will help build trust at the outset.
What not to do-
Remember that your employers look up your talents on your profile and check your other details, which form a major basis for their decision to call you for an interview.
Don’t put up tons of photos of you partying with your buddies or selfies with silly filters, as this will affect their view of you as a candidate. Furthermore, avoid using foul language in your comments and posts.
Make sure that you don’t express your political views too aggressively or frequently if you don’t want to hurt the sentiments of your future boss.