Integrity Staffing Solutions
best of staffing 2020 client rgb

Recruiters Are Looking — Time to Ramp Up Your Social Media Game

  • july social elevate social media header

What will they find when they check out your FaceBook, Instagram and other social media pages? And yes, you can bet they will — 92% of companies now routinely search applicants' social media (and not just the ones you tell them about). That's up from 80% just 5 years ago.


Clearly, making social media part of your job seeking strategy is super important, and will be even more so in the future. Here's what else hiring managers say:

  • 91% of recruiters use LinkedIn; 74% use FaceBook; and 66% use Twitter
  • 73% have hired successfully with social media
  • 33% have rejected a candidate based on something found in social profiles


Build Your Brand

In the same way that a company markets its products to customers, you can market yourself to potential employers. Think about what skills and aptitudes you wish to convey, and how they are an asset for your desired job. For example, a salesperson needs to be persuasive, self-confident and enjoy interacting with many people. An accountant would promote their talent for analytical thinking and detail-oriented work. A designer will demonstrate creativity with their Instagram pages and stories.


Of course, you would also include all the good stuff from your resume: work experience, accomplishments, awards, testimonials and so on.


Clean Up Your Image

Presenting your positives is only half the battle. You must also remove the negatives. We don't just mean taking down (or making private) the party selfies. Delete any posts which could be considered controversial or offensive. Generally speaking, this includes references to politics, religion, sex, guns/drugs, and how bad your previous employer was. (You may not like how that affects your First Amendment rights, but it's a jobhunting reality.)


Use your real name, not a cute/clever nickname — it looks more professional and makes you easier to search. We also advise keeping only the professional parts of your profile (employment and educational information) public. After all, you still want recruiters to find your page, which they won't if it's completely invisible.


Be Current and Consistent

Effective social media marketing requires frequent updates. Post every career-related announcement or achievement, such as a goal you helped your company achieve or an industry event you attended. Share interesting articles you've read about happenings in your industry.


Your brand must be presented consistently on every social media account you have. If that seems like too much work, consider making some of them completely private, so you can better manage the ones most used by recruiters (see bullet #1 above).


Identify Your Best Platforms

LinkedIn is a necessity for virtually every jobhunter. You'll also want a presence on recruiters' favorites, FaceBook and Twitter. Beyond that, look for industry-specific sites to show off your credentials and connect with employers. For example, Behance for artists/designers or GitHub for software developers.


Get Connected

The biggest asset of any social media platform is the way it lets you meet people who can advance your career. Work it to your advantage by joining groups, company pages, leaders in your field, people you've lost touch with, and career advisors.


Be aware, though, of job hunting etiquette. Don't bombard hiring managers with messages, or invite them to be friends. And don't use social media for communications with them during the interview/hiring process — use email and/or phone messages.


Make sure your own connection links are current and complete. Each social media account should include links to the others, as well as projects you worked on, your blog and your personal website. And don't forget to put them in your resume and other job search materials.


Take Advantage of Tracking Tools

Another strategy you can borrow from the marketing pros is to track which of your posts received the most views, likes and shares. Then you'll know where to direct your future content efforts. A quick search of the internet will lead you to a variety of free and paid tracking tools.


Now that your social media game is up and running, your job search can go full speed ahead!

You might be interested in...

How to Stand Out on Your Assignment with Integrity Staffing
It may be "only temporary," but it can lead to great things. We've had hundreds of our associates who made a great impression get offered a full-time job with our client. So if that's your goal — or you want to get known as a top associate for future assignments — read on!   Ask for help whenever you need it.   As a new team member, you will have a great deal of information thrown at you very fast. Nobody expects you to remember it all on the first day — but you do need to know it all if you're going to do a good job. So don't hesitate to ask for something to be explained or repeated. Team members and leaders will be delighted to help, because when you succeed at your new tasks you make them look good too.   Get to work on time, every time.   You don't want the client writing you off as unreliable or unambitious. It's a good idea to actually aim for being 10 or 15 minutes early, at least while you're getting familiar with the commute. That way, if something does go...
Read More
How Do I Choose the Right Job for Me?
Whether you're just starting out in life, looking to make a career change or (lucky you!) trying to decide between multiple job offers, you may find the possibilities overwhelming. How do you figure out which job will best fit your skills, passion and personality? What if you aren't fully qualified for the job you want?   Here are some methods that may help you identify — and land — your perfect job.   Describe Your Ideal Job and Employer This is about more than your work duties. Write down a complete profile of the role and the corporate culture that will best fulfill your dreams.   Think about what you liked or didn't like about past jobs. What types of activities do you like best — group/team efforts or working by yourself; a structured routine or planning your own workflow; a hands-off boss or one that keeps an eye on everything; high pressure deadlines or a relaxed pace; tons of overtime or work-life balance? What duties did you most enjoy that you would like...
Read More
How Recruiting Will Change in Light of COVID-19
  If you’ve been on the internet in the past week, month, day, or half-hour, you’ve most likely seen some version of the headline, “How COVID-19 Will Permanently Alter [Insert Industry Here].”   And for a good reason. The pandemic has shined a light on the lack of a business continuity plan in many industries — including recruiting. The process of building teams is quickly evolving for countless companies, and this change is especially daunting for organizations that lack a flexible staffing strategy.   Whether trying to find temp workersor something a bit more permanent, recruiting and staffing won’t be the same once the pandemic subsides. What will it look like then?   1. It’ll be from a distance. Social distancing won’t just be a solution for decluttering restaurants and bars. Recruiting from a distance — and with the help of virtual technology — will be essential to any business continuity plan.   Much of the recruiting cycle (e.g., sourcing, interviewing, etc.)...
Read More


More Info
You need an account to do that Set up an account Never Mind

Please register for an account first. If you already have one, log in here.