If you’re not using social media for your job search, here’s your wake-up call. Ninety-three percent of recruiters and employers are using LinkedIn to find qualified candidates, according to a recent survey from Jobvite. That is up from 78% in 2010. The numbers are eye-opening. Not just for those who aren’t actively utilizing social media for their job search—but even for those who are.
Think about this: Of the recruiters polled for the survey, 73% said that not only did they use social media to search for an employee, but furthermore, they actually hired the candidate(s) they found. And of those who said that they had hired someone they found through social media, 89% were from LinkedIn. Suddenly that LinkedIn profile you’ve been playing around with just became a critical part of your job search. Especially when you consider this same study determined that more than half of the recruiters polled said they’d react negatively to a spelling or grammatical error in someone’s profile. And posts that use profanity, are of a sexual nature, or mention illicit drugs are looked down upon by an even greater percentage. (Heads up, Facebook and Twitter users … what you post out there is directly affecting—for better or for worse—your employment situation.)
Facebook was the second-most popular social network used by recruiters and employers—at 66%. Reiterating what I just said … what you post plays an important part in your employability. What you put out into cyber space is by no means private—and it can and will be used against you in your job search.
So while I may be harping on proper social media etiquette, it’s only because it’s so critical that you have a LinkedIn profile that communicates the right message to potential employers. Especially since the majority of them are out there looking for you … as we speak.
Educate yourself regarding the fundamental components your profile needs to be complete—and to attract hiring managers. And if you find yourself needing some expert help, we’ve got you covered. Check out: http://www.greatresumesfast.com/online-branding.htm.
My name is Jessica Hernandez, and I’m the President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. My passion is giving job seekers who don’t have the experience, expertise, or time the tools and resources they need to find their next great career! My specialty is resume writing, and I use my 12+ years’ experience as a recruiter and HR manager to create interview-worthy resumes for my clients.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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