Spruce up your social media presence to help with your job search

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Looking for a new job can be time consuming, but taking your search to social media can help bring more opportunities your way. Here are some tips from Bishop & Company on how social media can expand your job hunt and open up new possibilities.

Get your social media presence in order. It’s the most important thing to do before taking your job search online. Scrub your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media profiles of anything that might be deemed offensive or divisive. This includes removing any photos or posts that may not be appropriately professional and making sure that you have recent, appropriate profile pictures across all your social media accounts.

You may be tempted to make yourself completely invisible on social media, but hiring managers and recruiters do use social media to search for potential candidates. For any public posts you do have on social media, make sure they build your brand and stay on brand across all platforms. Write your posts clearly and pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Once you’ve managed your online presence, you can utilize social media networks to find positions and to let your networks know that you are searching for new opportunities if you are searching publicly. Someone you are connected with may know of an opening in their company.

Update your LinkedIn regularly and ensure it reflects your experience accurately and ask yourself if it’s tailored to the type of position you want. Also take time to request recommendations and testimonials from your connections and update your profile to reflect you are open to new opportunities.

It’s also a good idea to like or follow the pages of companies you might be interested in working for. Many companies advertise their open positions online and you’ll be able to get those updates in your newsfeed. Their updates can give you more insight to their mission, values, and employee engagement. This could also inspire some questions or talking points if you end up interviewing with them.

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