The pros of using online social media for your job search are many. It’s where society is headed, just watch this fun youtube clip about the power of social media. This revolution lends easily to mass communication and it is accessible from anywhere (that is, anywhere with an internet connection). Social media is open to anyone and it fosters community, which allows users to build relationships and network.
Online social media provides a real-time and transparent impression of you. Increasingly employers search Google, Facebook and LinkedIn for background information about potential employees. So before you tag pictures of yourself on Facebook or a blog, consider your current (or future) employer. How will those late-night images of you ‘enjoying the party’ be perceived? One quick tip to help protect yourself is to ensure you have established security and privacy settings on your social media accounts, as the defaults usually leave users exposed.
Another thing to consider is that electronic comments can live on and on. You never know who may be reading your comments on other blogs, Facebook wall posts or tweets. Think twice before you make a comment. Generally, it’s best to avoid negativity altogether. How would your future employer interpret a Facebook status update that says: “I hate getting up for work”? Communicating through social media is like living in a small town, everyone knows your business.
For more information on sign up for our workshop Using Social Media in Your Job Search. Check the workshop schedule for the next date and call the Career Centre at 250-248-3205 to register.