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How To Land an Interview After Hunting for a Job On Social Media

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These days, savvy job hunters choose to apply for a job on social media rather than dropping off their resumes in person. A survey shows that a quarter of all job hunters use social media sites as their primary job hunting tool, and seven out of 10 people between the ages of 18 to 34 have found jobs through social media. Moreover, 92% of recruiters use social media as a hiring tool, and in that group, 55% use Facebook as part of their recruitment process.

With so many people using social media to look for jobs, it can be tough to get noticed by hiring managers especially since about hundreds of people apply for each position. However, by updating and revising your resume, doing a few tweaks on your social media profile, and being thoughtful about what you post on your feeds, you can survive the elimination process, impress recruiters, and get some face time with hiring managers. Here’s how to land an interview after hunting for a job on social media.

 

Fix your Facebook profile  

Do a Facebook makeover to increase your chances of being invited for an interview. Just a 10-minute review of your profile can give recruiters clues about your personality and whether you’ll succeed in the job or not. Your profile picture should look smart and professional, so absolutely no silly selfies or photos of you frolicking on the beach.

Use the “About” section to highlight your skills and experience. Think of it as a resume of sorts, but you don’t have to post your personal information there. You should also update your education and work history to give employers an idea about your specialties and work background.

 

Be careful about the things that you post online

If you’re not careful about the things that you post online, you may find that some of your photos or statements can hurt your chances of landing an interview. Keep in mind that anything that paints you in a negative light can cost you the job, so don’t post provocative or inappropriate photos, racist or discriminatory language or profanity in comments, and neither should you bad-mouth your previous company or co-workers.

Changing the privacy settings on your social media accounts to prevent employers from checking your feeds may be a disservice to you, especially if you’re actively job seeking using social media. However, if you choose not to use your Facebook or other social media accounts to look for a job, then it may be best to change your privacy settings. Either way, keep in mind that you’ll appear more relevant to employers if they can access your profile.  

 

Think before you share, like, or comment on content

Before you share another hilarious meme, think of how it can impact the way hiring managers see you. Instead, share inspirational quotes from business leaders or professional related content on blogs. Make the most of your online presence and only post, share, or like content that will make you appear knowledgeable and professional to employers.

If you still want to share funny posts with your family and friends, then choose to only share these memes or photos with your Facebook friends. Adjust your settings so that career and inspirational posts are visible to everyone, including recruiters. This way, you still get to enjoy using your Facebook account while looking credible and professional for your job search.

 

Edit your resume

Most recruiters will dismiss a resume because it contains typographical errors, and some hiring managers will pass on a resume that seems generic and doesn’t appear to be personalized for the position. Check your resume for spelling and grammar errors, and use a dictionary or a grammar checking app if you need to.

Tailor your resume to the listing, but don’t copy the job description word for word. Moreover, make sure that your resume is just the right length. If you’re a college graduate, your resume should be one page long. Seasoned or experienced workers can submit longer resumes since preferences for resumes vary across locations and industries.

Job hunting can be tough, especially if you’re up against hundreds of people vying for the same position. But by following the tips mentioned above, you can make a positive impression on hiring managers and move on to the next phase of the screening process. Until then, stay positive and get ready to receive job interview invitations from prospective employers.

 

About Jackie Edwards:
Now working as a writer, Jackie started her career in finance, but ended up taking on extra work to make ends meet – and pay for her wedding! After becoming a mom, she refocused and decided to spend more time with her family. When she’s not writing, she volunteers for a number of local mental health charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after.

 

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