Why and How to Clean Your Social Media for a Job Search

With fifty-two percent* of employers using social networking sites to research candidates, the lines between personal and professional can easily blur. When it comes to a job search, social media can help make it more convenient. With the right combination of presence, consistency, and effort, social media can create a good impression with future employers.

TAKE THE TIME TO:

  • Add experience, skills, and projects to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Create a professional Twitter account to engage in industry news and share insights. 
  • Consider an online portfolio or professional blog to showcase your abilities.
  • Google yourself. Determine if you’d be comfortable with a future employer seeing or reading something about you.
  • Take action to manage the information that is available about you online. 

Lastly, check your account and privacy settings across all social media.  

KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN MIND:

  • Have profiles with information that supports your qualifications 
  • Share content that not only shows your insight but your personality
  • Maintain a professional (and relateable) persona across social media profile

With these tips, you can feel confident to leverage your social media to positively impact your job search. 

*Harris Poll, 2015


 

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