As the title states Social Media and Job Search require some thought…much more than just the same tired old advice about ‘watch what you post on your Facebook page!’ Yeah, well…here’s the rest of the story.
Think about this–you submit your resume or maybe even apply via Twitter–yes, you can do that in some instances. Some companies are already accepting a link to your LinkedIn profile in lieu of a resume. And why not? Makes sense.
Upon receipt of your resume (assuming a real, human person gets it and further assuming you meet the minimum requirements for said real, human person to find you to be a candidate of interest) the recruiter will probably go next to LinkedIn to view your professional profile. Is it current? Does it have several statements about how you are capable of adding value based on previous experience? No? Then you haven’t put enough thought into it.
The next step will be Google (and although even the EEOC is not on board with this aspect of recruiter’s habits they–meaning the recruiter–will Google you. I mean–you’d do the same thing, huh?) where the recruiter is going to do a kinda wide open, all encompassing search. You should do the same so you can defend or deny what they find. Just saying…
More importantly–and this practice WILL become more and more common in the future–you are asked to submit something akin to a Tweet/Twitter response. What this means is that a very important component of that tweet will necessarily be a short-link (bitly, goo.gl, etc.) directing the recipient to a place of your choosing such as LinkedIn, your blog, or your personal website. Heck you might even want to direct them to your Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram page–but I kinda don’t think so.
Now do you see what I mean about Social Media, Job Search and Forethought? Hope so.
To your success!