Clean up your on-line house
You may have a personal Facebook profile for fun and a LinkedIn profile for professional stuff. Guess what? You are you regardless of where and what you post, and you’re making an impression that can greatly impact your ability to get a job. Employers will look at your Facebook posts, wall and photos and draw a conclusion about you and whether or not they want to even interview and hire you. Be very careful about what you post, what you say and the photos others post of you. You can adjust your settings in Facebook to approve all tagged photos of yourself before they appear on your wall. This allows you to control what others post – do it!
It might tickle a little bit, but it’s a great habit to get into. Employers will Google you and you want to see what they’re finding. Remove anything potentially incriminating if you can. If you can’t, be prepared to explain it in an interview. If there is incriminating information that comes up in a Google search of your name and it’s not you, let your prospective employer know!
Polish up your LinkedIn profile
I’ve heard from many people that LinkedIn has opened up employment doors for them. One friend in the marketing business told me he has had numerous companies and head hunters contact him as a result of his LinkedIn profile. Spend time making sure it’s up to date and ask others for recommendations to strengthen your profile.
The internet is a great way to research a company you are interested in working for – especially before you go in for an interview. If you show up knowing nothing about the company or with no questions prepared to ask about them, you will not likely be asked back. There is no excuse for not doing your homework online.
The internet can do a lot to help or hurt your job search. But some good, old-fashioned '80s-style job search techniques still work. Do put together a solid resume – on paper and in a format that can be mailed and emailed. Do get out there and network. Most jobs are filled by people who familiar to the employer. For example, volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, to develop transferable skills for the workplace and to meet people who know people who are hiring. In this day of many of our friends appearing as small boxes on our computer screens, personal relationships and contacts are still the best way to go – especially when it comes to finding a job! Get out there and network, tell people you’re job hunting - and yes, clean up your online house to insure all that networking you’re doing to land that job isn’t done in vain!