Most modern day employer’s and recruitment officers would routinely check social media profiles of applicants like you, as part of their due diligence. Now is the time to take advantage of your profile, be it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or LinkedIn. It’s literally your time to shine and show off what you have in a positive way.
Here are a few things you could start implementing on your social media accounts to display what you are capable of.
CLEAN YOUR ACCOUNTS
If you have pictures that are not going to help you get the job that you want it’s better to hide them or take them off your account. If you don’t want to lose them you can just simply hide them. The same goes with the stuff that you write on there, it may take a while to do it especially if you have years worth of posts but it’s all worth it.
CHANGE YOUR PROFILE PICTURE
Your profile pic should be professional, take snapshots of yourself in a suit or business attire and then use it on your profile. If you don’t like the idea, do it anyway at least in the meantime while you are waiting to get hired for your dream job, it will show that you are professional even on social media.
MAKE YOUR PERSONAL STUFF PRIVATE
You may temporarily put your information on private or better yet make it unviewable by the rest of the world tweak it so your friends are the only ones who can see, it’s private information the rest of the don’t have to see. Your weekly meeting with friends showing beer everywhere is not a good idea to have on your account, hide it.
PUT YOUR SKILLS ON YOUR PROFILE
This is one thing you need to flaunt on social media if you want the attention of employers particularly on LinkedIn, make sure to highlight your unique skills, you may even post pictures or videos of you performing a skill say for example you know how to weld metal put it out there. It will make a good effect on your job application once the recruiter sees it on your account.
Carefully put keywords on your profile or posts so that when HR Professionals scan your account they will be able to spot these keywords, for example, if you are a Nurse, write Registered Nurse on your profile just don’t put in your PRC number, remember that anyone could see it.
CREATE A PORTFOLIO
Imagine what a portfolio can do for your job application, so take a picture or video of your work and display it on your page. It will highlight your strengths and without saying anything you are deliberately convincing the employer that you are the best candidate for the job.
FOLLOW THE EMPLOYER
Be connected with them, check out their pages and follow them on social media not only will you know more about the company, you will get noticed, and since you are already following the employer you might as well retweet, repost, or share their valuable content, you never know the company might even thank you.