For many of us social media is now part of our daily lives. So why don’t’ more of us it to help with our job search?
- LinkedIn just celebrated its 14th Birthday, the site officially launched back in May 2003. At the end of the first month in operation, LinkedIn had a total of 4,500 members in the network. As of April 17 it claimed 500 million users on its business-focused social network. That’s up from the 467 million figure it provided last October. Proving just how important your LinkedIn profile really is!
- Your profile is the CV that never sleeps, so make sure you keep it up to date. This will help employers and recruiters find you, and will also make sure that the information you are displaying is consistent with any applications you are making.
- The skills feature is one of the most often overlooked features, but one that is critical in developing a social network or when looking for a job. In addition to listing your education and experience, this section can help your profile by adding tags that ensure your profile is more attractive to search engines and easier to locate for those using the LinkedIn search.
- When people look at your profile, the first thing they see is your picture, so it’s essential that you make a positive first impression. You want to appear professional but approachable, and make sure your “look” matches your personality. Suggestions are go solo and use a recent photo.
- The LinkedIn app makes it easier to connect with people and things that matter in your professional world. This way you will stay up to date with the latest business and industry news on any platform.
- Another useful way to use LinkedIn is researching your interviewer– when going for an interview, if you know the name of your interviewer check out their profile. This could give you information to help you build a better rapport with them on the day.
- Make sure that you follow companies you are interested in or have interviews with to ensure that you are aware of any important developments, as well as to show your motivation and interest to anyone checking you out!
- Many organisations have Twitter accounts that include ‘Careers’ in their handle.
- Recruiters such as Success Appointments also regularly post latest opportunities and, post about trends and developments within the fashion, retail, beauty and digital industry so follow today! @SuccessDigital or @successappts
- Another suggestion is to follow industry leaders and organisations too and ensure your Twitter feed becomes a useful stream of job related resources.
- Share useful resources and comments to develop your network and provide value to those who follow you.
If you would like to have an informal discussion, please contact Candice Goldstein here about the roles we are currently working with.