In my previous blog post on Topic 2, I discussed the debate between digital experts about how important it is to develop an authentic online profile, instead of multiple or anonymous identities and personas. This week, I will focus on how to actually develop an professional profile in order to benefit from the professional side of social media and open up new opportunities including jobs.
Before developing an authentic professional profile, it’s important to understand why we should have one. This video demonstrates this nicely.
Use the following tips to develop your professional profile and make it authentic.
Personally, I already have a great deal of experience in establishing professional profiles online. I work in Social Media Marketing and as a result, use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to establish my ‘brand’ and promote the clients I work with including Virgin Media and The Economist. As a result, I am conscious about what I post in order to avoid any situations like the Justine Sacco case. Nik Nyman discusses the possibilities of using social media as a tool both in searching for jobs and recruiting, something I agree is now an essential part of the modern day job hunt. My LinkedIn profile has allowed me to have discussions with recruiters in my field, something that I know will definitely benefit me once I leave University and enter the job market. I would argue that utilising online profiles is now a vital part of job hunting and recruiting. Browsing a candidate’s authentic profile allows a recruiter to gain a more rounded view of the person, much more than a quick 30 second scan of a piece of paper can do. We are also seeing an increase in creative methods of job hunting, examples include Adam Pacitti who spent his last £500 on a billboard with a link to his website: employadam.com. With this new generation of job hunters and recruiters, it is important hunters keep up to date with technological and creative changes, therefore taking advantage of social media rather than simply relying on traditional CV and cover letter approaches.
For more reading on the subject, this article discusses the difference in how you promote yourself on Facebook and LinkedIn, whilst this article investigates the effect your social media profile can have on your recruitment opportunities.
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