With the Internet, 60% of employers are doing searches before recruitment. Does that mean that social media are slowly becoming online resumes? As viewing of our digital profile increases, it is critical for us to develop them into professional profiles, for they might just help our chances of landing a job.
I believe as job-seekers, we should use social media to our advantage by showcasing our abilities and skills. Though employers look for reasons not to hire, they’re also checking if you’re the right fit for their company. Values that you’re able to contribute and align with the company are positive towards the business’ culture. (Val Matta, CareerShift)
So how should we develop our authentic professional profile? Personally, I feel that applicants should tune their social media to feature key points that employers look for. This does not necessarily mean, changing who you are. It simply means, speaking without profanities, refrain from posting inappropriate comments and frowned-upon pictures. One look at an image of you partying ahead, would lead your potential employer to toss your application aside. (Hubshout, 2016)
You wouldn’t want an unnecessary comment to turn you unemployed, right? An example would be like the recent Justine Sacco case.
Though some may think this that this is infringing their rights, I challenge this notion as I strongly believe that one should always remember that after employment, the individual would be representing the company. Thus, any actions that one does may affect the company’s reputation.
Other than social media, blogging may help score you the job. Differing from updating of your daily activities or rants, try keeping a professional blog to bring across the zest you have for things that of importance, which are hard to showcase on a resume. (TheEmployable, 2014)
Some companies use this as training, as it helps them in research, writing well, defending ideas as well as to engage with the world. (Don Tapscott, 2014) By using blogging as your authentic professional profile, you’re in turn allowing the company to consider your views, show that you’re dedicated in making an effort, has the determination to keep up with trends as well as to portray creativity, all that would favour your chances in getting employed.
In conclusion, I believe that we may not be able to control the trend of employers viewing our digital profiles; we might as well embrace it. These tools may work to our advantage, giving us an extra “push” in getting a job as compared to the physical resume.
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