In this day and age, nearly everyone uses social networking sites. Believe it or not, even employers now lean on social networking sites when screening job applicants.
Nowadays, your resume’ isn’t enough to prove your worth – not because they don’t trust you. Employers are just being extra keen on who they bring in to their company. They believe that how you act in the online world can mirror how you will act in the real world.
Let’s face it – a 1 hour interview won’t really give your employer an idea about who you are. But with access to your Facebook profile or LinkedIn, an employer gets to know you more from both a personal and professional standpoint. This is why it’s extremely important for you to manage your online reputation as early as now. Here are some tips that you can apply to manage your online reputation, which may increase your chances of getting hired.
Be Mindful of What You Share
When you post on Facebook, tweet, or upload photos on Instagram, you should make sure that everything you post isn’t offensive. Keep it clean and all in good fun. Don’t go overboard and attempt to make everyone fall in love with your wit and humor. Not everyone appreciates jokes, especially if it is racist or sexist in nature.
Everything you post online is permanent. Even the deleted ones are archived, so there’s still a possibility for your deleted posts to resurface at some point. The only real way to be safe is to post responsibly.
An online recruitment agency is very keen when it comes to checking an applicant’s background. Sometimes you feel that a certain status update or tweet you made won’t hurt anyone, but others may see it differently. Employers won’t judge you for being a happy and funny person; all they want to know is if you have what it takes to work responsibly and act accordingly.
Know Your Privacy Settings
Your privacy is important – whether it is online or in the physical world. Social networking sites limit your privacy but you can easily control it by adjusting your privacy settings. It’s better if you increase the privacy parameters for pictures uploaded on your accounts. Limit it to your friends or close contacts only. You don’t want to see an edited viral picture of you surfacing the internet, right?
Build a Good Online Presence
Take pride in building a good name for yourself online. When an employer searches you on Google or asks the HR department to check on your online background, you would want to impress them, right?
A good way to do that is to create your own professional website (or blog). Post your resume’ there, together with your background information, past works and experiences. You can even include a section that gives a sneak peak of your own personal life – photos of you and your family, friends, etc.
Another thing you can do is create an updated and professional profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn has become the go-to-website for employers in terms of scouting potential workers. It won’t hurt to have a few good contacts there too who may be able to vouch for you.
Congratulations, You Will Be Hired!
At the end of the day your goal is to impress the online recruitment agency that you’re applying for. Now that you already know exactly how to do that, you can expect on getting hired easily. Just remember that maintaining a good online reputation is important. Just because you have a great reputation today doesn’t mean that it will be the case tomorrow – so always learn to adjust.