Before you send a resume to a potential employer, consider for a moment - what will that employer find if they google your name?
Face it, the web and Social Media are whole new avenues for employers to find information on you, and it’s their job to find as much as they can before they make you a job offer. Studies show more and more employers are using it as a hiring tool. So try it. Google yourself and see what a potential employer will find. Then work to create an online profile that will get you hired, not fired.
Set up your privacy settings on material you don’t want made public. Remove posts and photos that you don’t want shared with co-workers and bosses, and delete email accounts that are working against you in your search. Sure, you may feel like you’re not being honest, but an employer is going to want an employee that is professional and is going to benefit the business. Material you share with the public online can also be found by your customers, so they need to know you aren’t going to hurt business. Make sure that is the person they find online is professional.
But Social Media is more than just a way for a potential employer to dig up dirt on you. It can also be one of the best tools you have to get the job you want. Abby Gilmore, an Internet marketing specialist with Vertical Measures, has written an excellent guide to using Social Media in your job search. She offers quick and easy tips that ensure you are maximizing your job search potential.
In today’s economy, there are many things you can’t control in your job search. Make sure to maximize the things you can control to your benefit before you send out your first resume, and you’ll be well on your way to finding a new job in no time!Continue reading