Have you been looking for a job for a while with no success? Probably, the problem is not in your resume, and not in the way you sell yourself during a job interview, but in your social media profiles.
Do you know that 97% of companies use social media for recruiting and selecting qualified job applicants? Whether you are aware of this or not, prospective employers visit and review your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts on a regular basis.
So if you want to get the job of your dreams, you should improve your social media accounts. Here are a few ways to boost your job search.
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A. Make your LinkedIn profile look perfect
When it comes to job search, LinkedIn profile plays the most important role. Hiring managers may or may not visit your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, but they will definitely check your LinkedIn page.
So first of all, you should focus on LinkedIn and incorporate the following improvements.
1. Update your profile
Your LinkedIn profile must contain the most relevant information regarding your work experience, employment, and professional achievements. If you haven’t updated your account for a few months or even for a few years, you should fix it immediately.
Here is a list of tasks for you:
Come up with a catchy yet relevant headline to grab the employer’s attention Edit the About section. Express your current mission, motivation, and skills. Add all your relevant work and education experiences, including volunteering projects and specialized online courses Upload recent media samples to your portfolio, if applicable (e.g., if you are a photographer, upload photos from your latest project). Add new skills, including soft skills (e.g., active listening, emotional intelligence). Don’t feel ashamed to request recommendations from your colleagues and business partners. Upload a new professional profile photo to increase the credibility of your profile. 2. Use a feature called “Let Recruiters Know You’re Open”
If you want to get found by employers on LinkedIn, don’t state in your profile that you are “open to new opportunities” or that you are “seeking the next exciting challenge”. That’s a wrong approach to a job search for two reasons.
Firstly, if you indicate that you are looking for a job, you will be bombarded with irrelevant requests to connect as well as spam messages. Secondly, there is a bias against hiring the unemployed.
The best way to inform prospective employers that you are interested in getting a new job is to use a feature called “Let recruiters Know You’re Open”. If you’re currently employed, this indicator will be hidden from recruiters who work at your organization. The indicator will be shown only the hiring managers who paid for the premium “LinkedIn Recruiter” add-on.
3. Proofread your profile thoroughly
It goes without saying that your LinkedIn profile must be perfect in terms of grammar, punctuation, style, and spelling.
If an employer spots a mistake in the text, he will doubt whether you are a perfect fit for the company. He may presuppose that if you are not attentive to details and your grammar is poor, you are not that smart and educated as needed.
So once you finish updating your LinkedIn, you should proofread every sentence and every phrase. Fortunately, there are dozens of online grammar checkers and professional writing services overContinue reading