In today’s world, everyone is constantly refreshing their apps on their smart phones, checking their email, or catching up on the latest gossip on their Twitter and Facebook news feeds. According to a poll on Marketing Chart’s website, Americans are now spending more than three hours per day on social networking sites. So here is my thought…would it be helpful if people knew how to use social networking sites to their advantage? With the social networking world only skyrocketing in use, people need to learn how their posts can positively or negatively affect their lives. My goal with writing this blog is for job seekers to realize that if they keep their social media lives professional, they can meet new friends and possibly their future employer.
Looking for a job? Set down the newspaper. In today’s world, social media is booming. Not only have the number of users skyrocketed on social media, but the number of social media sites have increased as well. Social media is not only used by individuals, but also by businesses. Businesses use social networking sites for advertising, to find potential employees, and to look to see what their current employees are up to. Joining the growing social trend will definitely get you “LinkedIn” to your social community as well as your business community.
Not sure where to start? The most important thing to remember is to keep your profile professional. No one needs to know what you are doing every moment of each day. Also, remember to keep unpleasant pictures to yourself because once a picture is posted, it is out there and somehow, someway, even though you delete it, it can be found. With that being said, here are some helpful tips to remember when getting started.
First, I recommend googling yourself. This will give you an idea of what is out there about you. If you can find it, so can anyone else. Secondly, keep your privacy settings as private as possible as this will hinder some of your “not so professional” friends from posting something you didn’t want posted. With that being said, be careful who you decide to friend on your sites as the quality of your profile is more important than the quantity of individuals you are connected with. If you have more than one site, make sure all the information is updated and consistent on each site (no lies and gimmicks please!). Most importantly, remember that not only do employers use such sites to hire, but they use these sites to check in on their employees and potential employees. So, for a final thought, keep posts about your job off your sites and don’t “trend” on your employer’s dime.
With two in five employers using social networking sites to determine whether to hire an employee, I encourage you to start trending yourself. Get out there, explore which site is right for you, and get known. Post your resume on your profile, but always remember that once it is out there it is there to stay, so be professional and follow some of my do’s and don’ts of social networking tips. #trendyourself
Social Networking Sites to Help You Find a Job:
Do’s & Don’ts on Social Networking Sites:
– Promote yourself
– Post truthfully
– Update and check regularly
– Monitor comments on your page
– Neglect to proofread
– Share too much information
– Post negatively
– Use others work as your own
Dalena Mensik will graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in May of 2015 with a degree in business administration specializing in marketing/management. She began her internship experience with Celebrity Staff in February of 2014. During her internship, she has assisted with statistical reports for clients, email marketing, and ad writing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors at her parent’s farm with her family, playing softball and sand volleyball, and traveling.