When it comes to landing your dream job, you want to stand out. Today’s job market game has changed — 40 percent of hiring managers use social media to research candidates. So, how should a college student transition their accounts? Here are some transitional social media tips:
- DEVELOP YOUR BRAND: Your bio helps connections understand your qualifications, professionalism, and personality. For example, if you’re showing a CEO you’re a worthy writer, they are looking to see how you write — traits like humor, warmth, etc. — so that they can feel your passion. Refrain from words like hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian. Humanize and simplify.
- KEEP POSTS CLEAN: Change your privacy settings and exclude certain information from your social media (drinking, profanity, etc.). Abstain from using emoji or text-shorthand in messages.
- BE PROACTIVE: Network all day long.
- GET VISUAL: ROI Research shows people engage more with pictures. Create slides or a Pinterest resume to draw connections between images and words. Have a close-up profile picture to connect a face to a name.
- BUILD YOUR LINKEDIN: Realize LinkedIn was developed from the executive recruiting industry to find talent. At first, build a network asking for genuine recommendations from teachers. Then, get more connections by joining groups and keeping notes on your contacts.
- EXPRESS THANKS: Find ways to be helpful by tweeting thank-yous or by liking blog posts.
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