5 Ways Social Media Can Affect Your Job Search

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Social Media Sites has become one of the most important part of our lives. It not only help us to remain connected with our near and dear ones, but also provides information on various topics. Mostly used for connecting people, social media sites today is considered as a key player in the job search process. 

With the use of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, employers can get a glimpse of who you are apart from what you mentioned in your resume. Also, jobseekers enjoy the benefit of learning about the companies they are interested in and hear about the job openings instantly.  Since, more than half of all jobseekers are active on social networking sites, social media can affect your job search in numerous ways. 

Let’s have a look on a few of them; 

Clean Up Your page
Employers and recruiters today are using social media to find the perfect candidate for their job vacancies. Almost everyone update their personal as well as professional information on social media sites. This has made it easier for the employees to learn about the prospective candidate’s employment history and other required information. 

So, if you are looking for a job, make sure that your social media profile page is clean and well updated. DO NOT upload photos which may create bad impact, status complaining about your job or boss or any other confidential information related to you or your job. Your profile has to convey appropriate and factual information about what you included in your resume

Update your LinkedIn
LinkedIn is one of the most used social media for job search.  It is considered as one of the best tools for searching and judging candidates by the maximum numbers of the employers.  So you have to make sure that you have filled up all the required fields and your profile is up-to date. You can have unlimited space in LinkedIn. So, you can really write a detailed description of your key skills and work history. In addition, including quality recommendations will be a plus point for you.  

Avoid Mistakes
Before applying for any job, complete a Google search on your name. This will display the popular links you are on in the Internet. Make sure that you check your personal, social network setting. Recruiters like those candidates who are active in social media as well. Don’t post those things which you will not like to bring up in your interview, or those may harm even after getting the job. Even if it's on your page make sure to delete it or put it in private. 

Do Not Post Your Job News
On landing on a new job, all of us will be very much tempted to post it on Social Media Sites. But, it is advised not to announce it on Facebook or any other social media sites until you clear it with your employer-to-be. There has been negative effects of posting online about new employment without the sanction of the new boss. Better stick to sharing your joy with your loved ones personally.   

Share Appealing Contents
If you are someone who like to share contents publicly on social media, make sure you post & share such contents that will benefit you professionally. Share contents that highlights your accomplishments and qualifications in a positive way. Also, remove content that may be perceived by an employer as unprofessional. 

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