By conducting a search on Google, anyone may be able to find out a lot of information about you. Someone could figure out your interests, your friends, your job status and even find photos of you. You should expect potential employers to type your name into a search engine to find more information about that wasn’t included in your resume. Try Googling yourself right now and see what shows up. Do you like what you see or should you make some online updates? It is important to remember your presence online when you are searching for career opportunities because how you appear online is valuable in setting a foundation for yourself. Here are some tips to help you avoid letting your online existence decline:
- Be Consistent
Make sure all of your information online is current and updated. You don’t want your online information to be different from your resume. Having a clear and revised online presence, especially on professional networking sites like LinkedIn, will show off your experience, but also your other transferrable skills.
2. Update Frequently
If you have a blog or a Twitter page that has been untouched for months, it shows that you are not committed anymore. Make sure that you and your social media accounts are up to date before you begin looking/applying for positions.
3. Increase Your Credibility
Using social media as a way to highlight yourself and your accomplishments is a great idea. Social media shows potential employers that you are interested in the field you are applying. If you are interested in public relations, you should be following public relations firms or experts. This will show the employer that you truly are interested in this topic.
4. Stand Out in the Crowd
In today’s economy, the job market is so competitive and recruiters are looking for people that stand out. Be sure to tailor your resume to demonstrate your skills and use words in your resume that will catch a recruiter’s attention.
Check out this Career Spots video on the Perils of Social Networking