Let’s face it: social media has a great influence on your job search process, whether you want it or not.If you are on a social media site, that means you have an online presence and the employers can locate you with minimum efforts. It is observed, that majority of the employers are using social media in some forms or the others in their quest to find new talents.
So, instead of passively siting and accepting what is going on, why not invest some time and utilize the medium that the hiring managers are relying upon to find new candidates? It will be your first task to create a social media resume. The resume is essential to attract employers directly to you, without having you to submit your resume to them.
Create a website or a blog
Whether you want to start with a website or a blog depends upon how much time you have, your technological competencies and how you can deal with criticisms. Whatever be your preference – blog or website, for both, there are free and easy to use services. If you want there are paid services as well. But, what will that website or blog include? Relevant details about you that the employers may be interested to consider. You need to update that from time to time as you keep on gathering new experiences and develop new skills in your career track.
Integrate your social media profiles
Recruiters will certainly go through your social media profiles while exploring the online presence. Therefore, it is better to link your social media pages on your website or blog. However, before you mention any of your social media profiles on your blog or website make sure how it will appear to the recruiters. Review all the pictures, wall posts and information that the hiring managers will be able to access.
However, even if you do not want to add your Facebook link, it will be better for your social media resume to have a link of your LinkedIn page and Twitter account. These are the best sites for professional networking. You may include everything on LinkedIn that a recruiter may desire from an applicant. You can have cover letter, resume and reference lists. You can update them as and when required. You can make contact with people with whom you did not work with, but who may be helpful for your career. From your Twitter streams recruiters can also have a better feeling of who you are. Recruiters cannot help but notice once you have established your online presence. Therefore, be proactive and start working on your online presence.