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With our world growing ever connected with the advancement in technologies, the use of social media as recruitment has become a norm (Taylor, 2016). As mentioned in my previous blog posts , recruiters are researching employees online identity prior to hiring. So how do we maintain and improve our digital foot prints professionally to increase the chances of getting picked by employers? Follow through the post to know!
1.Get started by creating a LinkedIn Profile
In 2014, Jobvite conducted a Social Recruiting Survey with elements of how social media is an essential recruitment tool across industries
LinkedIn have been shown to be the most used platform for recruiting. As a business-orientated social networking site, it helps to act as an electronic CV and a platform connects people through professional networking which justify it reasons being the top. So how do we carefully make use of this digital footprint?
First of all create your LinkedIn account and write down your information! Always remember to include a photo of your professional head shot, a well written summary of your professional experience, skills & expertise and recommendations from customers, peers & colleagues. Here’s an example of a well structured LinkedIn Profile
2.Clean up your inappropriate materials online.
Results from Jobvite have shown that recruiters have reconsidered their profile as negative due to the use of profanity,drug references and sexual posts. So remember to delete images or materials that are related to those factors on all your social media platform! For example:
In 2012, an assistant director from National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Singapore was fired due to her racist remarks on her Facebook account and this has created in an uproar across Singapore social media platforms
3.Start blogging to gain and show your experience
Blogging is a great channel for sharing your perspectives. However in terms of blogging we meant by having a professional blog where you discuss things that are important and analytical in an intelligent and tasteful manner to show demonstrate your passion and critical-thinking skills. Writing a blog develops your creativity skills and writing skills which are factors and essential skills of job specifications.
4. Be Authentic
With this being mentioned lots of time, so how do we really get to be authentic. Watch this video on how to be authentic to connect with people!
Being authentic helps to improve your personal branding as well because who likes talking to a liar all the time?! By in-cooperating this value to the way you frame your digital profile it helps you to connect to people as it assures people of your credibility in this online world of anonymity.
These are the ways how authentic digital professional profile can be developed. Be real and stay professional.
“I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it earlier.” – Oprah Winfrey
Taylor, N.F. (2016) Hiring in the Digital Age: What’s Next for Recruiting? Available at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6975-future-of-recruiting.html
Edmond, D. (2015) 10 examples of highly Impactful LinkedIn profiles. Available at: http://www.komarketingassociates.com/blog/10-examples-highly-impactful-linkedin-profiles/
Jobvite, (2016). [online] Available at: https://www.jobvite.com/wpcontent/uploads/2014/10/Jobvite_SocialRecruiting_Survey2014.pdf
admin (2014) How blogging can help you get a job. Available at: http://www.theemployable.com/index.php/2014/10/28/blogging-can-help-get-job/
meiyingt (2012) NTUC fires assistant director for racist comments. Available at: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ntuc-assistant-director-says-sorry-for-racist-post.html
Richard Kuo (2014) Why being authentic leads to success. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnHpzq4SlZk