Top 5 Social Media Rules to Follow in Your Job Search

Top 5 Social Media Rules to Follow in Your Job Search

Google ‘Twitter Jenardan Sellathurai’. Now google ‘Instagram Jenardan Sellathurai’. This is how easy it is for employers to check up on your social media profiles.That’s not to say you should wear a mask online. In fact, social media can essentially be a second CV that helps you get a job – as long as you’re in control of what you’re posting and to where. Here’s how.

1) Share your stories, experiences and challenges you have overcome

Writing a Facebook post, tweeting, using Instagram, making a blog or a vlog are all valuable ways of sharing your experiences. Avoid focusing on your problems (something we are all guilty of) and instead explain how you overcame them.

“There’s no new problem that someone hasn’t already had and written about it in a book.” - Will Smith

Do not underestimate the value behind this. It demonstrates resilience, a willingness to serve others and a solutions-based approach to problems, all of which are positive traits that will get you in the good books of employers.

2) Think before you post.

A good question to always ask yourself, before you post anything is ‘would I post this on a motorway billboard for everyone to see?’ Unless the answer is a solid yes, re-evaluate!

There is no undo button. Yes you can delete a post but the chances are someone has already seen it, RT-ed it and so on.

3) Reflect the person you want to be.

What career or vocation are you interested in? What are your values and your beliefs? Now consider whether you represent these areas online. This could be as simple as sharing articles about the issues you’re interested in.

This could also help you create a network of like-minded people, and be the gateway to a new array of opportunities. You’d be surprised how much head hunting goes on across Twitter and LinkedIn.

4) Always show respect.

Being behind a screen does not make you exempt from the rules of respect. You should act in the same way online, as you would face-to-face. Even if you disagree with someone’s opinion, be compassionate about how you share your own perspective. Everyone is entitled to free speech – you can disagree without being rude. That’s what separates the opinionated people from the professional people.

5) Be proactive!

Instead of overthinking and overanalysing every post, which might result in total inaction, here are three suggested actions you can do right now to get the ball rolling:

1) Review your social media platforms. Would you be happy for an employer to see them? If not, alter your privacy settings and review which posts you think are inappropriate.

2) Get another opinion. Ask a friend or family member to view your social media and to give you feedback on their first impressions.

3) Follow 10 new people on Twitter related to a career that interests you. The more ‘work related’ people you follow, the more you will be in the loop with the latest trends and debates in that areas. It’s a great way to stay up to date and will give you things to talk about in interview. Try and do this once a week.

By Jenardan Sellathurai
Posted on 16 September 2015
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