3 Things Every Job Seeker Must Do – Social Media First Impression

Before you submit your resume to a dream job follow these 3 tips to make sure an employer gets a positive first impression of you. In 2012, companies are expected to use Social Media to recruit for over 80% of job openings!

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1. Google Yourself
If an employer did a quick online search of you, what would their first impression be? It is important to check your privacy settings before starting your job search. Keep in mind that employers often “google” candidates before interviewing.  Sign up for Google Alerts so you know when something new has been posted online about your name. (probably won’t work for me – Jessica Smith!)

2. Check your Facebook Profile! What is Public?
You can see exactly what your profile looks like to other people by using the View As tool.
Go to your Facebook profile and click the gear menu at the top right of your timeline (just under the cover photo next to Activity Log), and select “View As.” You’ll see what your profile looks to the public. To preview how your profile appears to a specific person, such as a friend or coworker, type their name and press enter. Source: http://www.facebook.com/help

3. Be Active on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the best online tool for networking. Visit the LinkedIn Learning Center for tips to help you best utilize LinkedIn for your job search. http://learn.linkedin.com/job-seekers/ Especially pay attention to your “Professional Headline” and profile completeness.

Check this out too: How do I keep my job search a secret (i.e. your boss doesn’t know you are looking) http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/27

* Remember that even if your privacy settings are adjusted, information on the internet is never completely private. Be smart and stay professional.

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How to use social media to land a job
Courtesy of: Online Degrees

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About Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is a resume writer and small business owner of Resume Butterfly, focused on transforming careers and resume makeovers. Before Resume Butterfly, Jessica was the Director of Career Services at a local college.
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