Making a good first impression is key when meeting any potential new employer. What you may not know is that many recruiters will already have met your digital persona ever before you step through the door for your first interview. Social media is connecting us in ways that we never thought possible and has revolutionised many industries. Recruiting and HR is no different. In this week’s blog, we’re sharing some advice on how to put your best digital foot forward and ensure that your first impression is a good one. As the saying goes, “first impressions last”.
We’re all human, we all have lives to live outside of the hours of 9 and 5. Social Media allows us to share the special moments with our friends and family and generally, we love it. While we don’t want to discourage you from enjoying the benefits of social media, you can protect your image by making some small changes.
Err on the side of caution. Nothing you post online is private, regardless of what people may say. Everything on your page is a reflection of you, whether it is something you have posted or a comment from a friend. Try to steer clear of posting lewd/insensitive jokes and offensive comments or images. While you may view them as funny, your future boss may not.
Most social networking sites will have privacy features that allow you to control who sees what content. By setting your profiles to private, you can choose exactly what strangers can see when they view your profile. Gizmodo released a handy article earlier this year with instructions on how to do this for the most popular social networking sites which you can see here.
Photos and pictures
What is your profile photo of? What about your cover photo? If you’ve chosen a picture that was taken at the end of a long night, it might be time for a change!
It works both ways
You have power too and we recommend that you use it. Show potential employers that you are fun, bubbly and friendly through the content on your pages. Give them a taste of your personal brand and a glimpse of your personality by sharing content that represents you.
At the same time, why not look up your potential company on Facebook or Twitter and see what their customers are saying. Look up the CEO and learn about what he or she values to get a feel for the business itself. This will give you an edge when it comes to interviews.
There is nothing to fear from social networking when searching for a new job. In fact, by making some small changes, you can turn it into a real asset. If you’re looking for a change, take the first step and review your online persona. Once that’s done, get in touch with our team and let’s chat about your future. In the meantime, you can browse our open roles here and if something grabs your eye, let us know – we’d love to hear from you.
Until next time,
The Harmonics Recruitment Team
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