5 Things You Must Do Online to Be Employable
Your social networking pages can make or break your career. Whether you’re unemployed or currently employed, the slightest slip-up can cost you your job.
Employers are going to look you up online, take a few hours to re-vamp your page. Wow the employer with your skills, maturity, and knowledge of the industry.
Facebook and MySpace
Take a fresh look at your Facebook and My Space pages and remove anything that might cause an employer to question your professionalism. This includes your profile pictures! Before you post something, ask yourself: Is it worth losing a job over?
Frequently check your Facebook and MySpace walls to ensure the content posted from other users is appropriate. Though you haven’t written it, it’s still a reflection of your character.
Network, network, network.
Build contacts – reconnect with previous colleagues, supervisors, and friends in the industry. Ask your contacts to “introduce” you to other contacts so that you can link with people that are potential hiring managers. Be assertive. Update your profile with all of your experience – utilize all of the great tools Linkedin has to offer. Join groups in your career field; contribute to the discussions or just monitor and learn what professionals in the industry are talking about.
Your tweets are public.
Take this opportunity to showcase your positive attitude and expertise in your career area. Post links to blogs relating to the industry, this will let the employer know that you have an interest- and are staying current- in industry news.
Follow the company you want to work for; this will give you an opportunity to keep up with their tweets and to stay informed on their company news.
Careerbuilder and other job sites
Apply for jobs that you are legitimately qualified to do.
If you have been making $50,000 per year, don’t apply for a position making $150,000 per year or vice versa. Be flexible, but be realistic.
Email addresses – Don’t use firstname.lastname@example.org as your email address on your resume. Remember you have one chance to set yourself apart from all the other resumes received for a job. Be professional in every instance.
Show your expertise
Establish yourself as an expert in something that you do: blog about the industry, respond to questions on Linkedin, ENGAGE in discussion etc. Great opportunities come form conversation.
If an employer Googles your name, you want them to find things that you have done to reinforce your resume and your expertise.
Google always picks up Linkedin profiles. If an employer clicks on it, will they be impressed?