It’s almost impossible to ignore the power of social media. Most people use Facebook to interact, employers use Linked In to network and celebrities are constantly tweeting about their everyday lives. And now social media is a crucial tool for anyone seeking employment. Social media sites can often position you closer to potential employers, allow you to network with people in your industry and it can ensure you are up to date with the latest events and industry news. It is vital you think about social media when updating your CV and creating a cover letter.
How Can You Use Social Media To Find Employment?
- Interact with specialists in your field at the click of a button. Start conversations, ask for advice or just make a connection – any social media site will allow you to do this.
- Gain knowledge of others in your industry – get an insight into what events they are attending and who they are networking with. You never know, they could become valuable contacts for finding out about new opportunities.
- Use social media to stay in contact with your references. It can be easy to lose contact with a reference and although it is not essential to stay in regular contact with them, it’s beneficial to build strong relationships. Imagine how much this could help you when applying for a position.
- Have your CV online and accessible to everyone. Using sites like Linked In you are able to display your current work status, skills and experience and if used in conjunction with our professional online CV hosting service you can display a great looking CV and work history profile online. As many employers use the internet to find candidates it is crucial you have this visible as it could lead to a job interview!
How To Incorporate Social Media in Your Professional CV
This is particularly vital if you are storing your CV online or you are using it to fill out sections on Linked In or other networking sites. Using keywords will help you to become more visible to people in your industry and to potential employers. Try and use words that people in your field might be searching online for – it could be job titles, responsibilities, qualifications or industry jargon. Just make sure you keep it up to date!
Put Links on Your CV
It’s crucial for any CV to have your contact details on. But social media really does expand the hobbies and interests section of your CV and cover letter. What if an employer could, at the click of a button, see examples of your work? What if they could get a glance at your personality? What if they could see what your interests are? Social media does all of this so why not put links to your social sites on your CV? Even if you are not hired for this particular position, the employer might ‘follow’ or ‘add’ you so you can always be in contact for future opportunities. (We’re not suggesting you include every link – an employer might not want to see your holiday photos on Facebook. But Twitter and Linked In are certainly links you should consider sharing.)