Finding a Summer Job - Step 9: Network Using Social Media

Step 9: Network Using Social Media

Social media comprises networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The simple fact is that more than 50% of companies now have an online presence on social media. If companies are there – so should you!

There are good and bad aspects to this! You probably already have a Facebook page, and possibly if a search of your name is entered on Google you will find other websites that may reference you (e.g. a blog where you may have posted). It is important to ensure any pictures or information referencing you online presents you in the best possible light. Many employers will search candidates on LinkedIn or Facebook. If there is something that you don’t want your mother to see, chances are you don’t want an employer to see it either!

Make sure that your online presence is positive. Delete any negative rants or raves on your pages and ensure to remove any tags on pictures, not just on your page, but through friends that may have tagged you as well. Ensure that there are no typos in the content on your social media sites as well. Employers love attention to detail!

While using social media presents some added ‘work’ on your part to ensure  appropriate content is visible to employers, it also provides huge advantages for you to ‘brand yourself’ in the most favorable light. Use social media to back up claims made on your resume with links to volunteer, activities and hobbies you’re involved in. Your personality will shine through to employers!

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