When you are applying for a job, employers will often look you up online.
Employers will check your online profile to:
- confirm that what you’ve said about yourself in your application fits what you disclose online
- understand your interests, abilities and attitude to life
- find out if you have an existing network of professional contacts.
Fully engaging with social media in a positive and constructive way can help you get a job down the track. Your passion for a good cause, your love of music, your entertaining blog or your funny video all say something about you and what you have to offer.
Its up to you to decide how engaged you want to be with social media and professional networking sites (such as LinkedIn). However, regardless of how you use them, you must prevent damage to your online reputation.
If you are sharing personal information online:
- double-check the privacy settings on whatever platform you are using (it might be Facebook or Instagram) to make sure you aren’t sharing information you’d rather an employer didn’t see.
- don’t panic if some content you don’t like ends up in the public domain. If you can’t remove the content, balance it out with other more positive and professional online information about you.
Hopefully you already know about managing your privacy and showing respect to others online. If not, it’s time to brush up by getting advice from a trusted source such as the Australian Government’s e-Safety website.
Tip: LinkedIn is a professional networking site not a social media site.
These tools can help you:
…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.