People often view their online persona as something that is private and separate from their world of work. However, recruiters are increasingly turning to the internet to find suitable candidates to fill vacancies, so it’s worth making the most of your online presence. Use the internet to your advantage and you could soon find yourself in your dream job.
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Make the Most of LinkedIn
Finding a job through LinkedIn is becoming more and more common. Recruitment agencies have been known to contact users after matching key skills from their profile to those required for the job. Keep in mind, in order for your skills to be matched, they need to be clearly outlined on your profile.
Think about the kind of job you want and the key skills it requires and make sure these are featured on your profile. You can get a good idea of necessary skills and experience by looking at job adverts. Use your profile to sell yourself and show potential employers what you can offer their company. There are various guides online that offer advice on how to set up a LinkedIn profile, so it’s worth having a look at these.
Upload Your CV to Relevant Websites
Recruiters often find candidates by looking through CVs online, as well as by placing an advert. It’s a good way to find candidates that match the key points they are looking for. I know a few people that have been headhunted by recruitment agencies and recruiters and landed a better job through it.
In order to attract the right attention, you should make sure your CV is up to date, includes the relevant skills and experience, and gives a clear indication of where you are looking to go in your career. Upload your resume to relevant job sites in your preferred industry.
Start a Blog
Keeping a blog is a great way of networking and learning more about the industry you want to work in. By writing articles related to your line of work, you can keep your knowledge up to date and demonstrate your skills and enthusiasm to recruiters. It not only shows that you’re passionate about your line of work, but also demonstrates that you are hard working and motivated.
This can be particularly useful if you do not have a great deal of relevant work experience in your preferred field. It shows your understanding of the industry and your willingness to learn, as well as transferrable skills such as communication and a drive to succeed. Besides starting a blog, there are plenty of online job opportunities that will not only help to build up your experience and earn you money, but they could even lead to more work if you manage to really impress an employer.
Networking is a great way to get your name known in your field of interest and your connections could even help you to find a job. Engage with the online community by doing things like re-tweeting or commenting on other people’s posts. Try and post interesting comments or links that are relevant to your field to attract attention.
Much like keeping a blog, it will demonstrate your interest in the industry and can get you in touch with the right people. You might end up hearing about job opportunities that have not been advertised online, giving you the upper hand.
Think Before You Post
The main thing to remember is that you are trying to attract the attention of potential employers or useful contacts. Remember your audience and keep things clean and professional. While you want to show personality, you should refrain from making inappropriate statements.
The last thing you want is to get noticed for the wrong reasons. You should also be careful if you are currently employed and have not made your employers aware that you are looking for work. You should never talk badly about your current or previous employers, as this will send the wrong message to recruiters.
By using your online presence to your advantage you can improve your chances of finding your dream job. Think about how you present yourself online in order to attract the right attention from the right people. You never know who might come across your you or your CV.