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  • 1. Your Online Profile Giving You The Edge In Your Job Search Your online profile now plays a key role in you career. As the world continues to develop into a more digital, mobile and social one the way in which you are perceived online has increased in importance. Employers and Recruiters like ourselves now use social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Xing to screen potential jobseekers and to verify claims and so forth made on CVs. A recent study showed that almost 80% of recruitment consultancies use search engines to discover more about candidates so you can see how important your reputation online can be. We’ve brought together this brief guide to help you make a start on creating, enhancing and managing your online profile. As all circumstances are different, our experienced team at Eurostaff are more than happy to offer a personal appraisal and some suggestions as to how to get the best from your skills and experience and portraying them online.
  • 2. How Your Online Profile Benefits You Making You Stand Out To Employers Your Online Profile 2 www.eurostaffgroup.com Build An Online Presence Online search engines are one of the first places to go when people are trying to find out information. This is the same in the recruitment process. If your presence in the digital world is limited, or even non-existent then you are potentially missing opportunities that you did not know exist. Whether this is from the point of view of people finding you or from your efforts in finding a new job. Manage Your Profile By managing your profile online you are able to influence and add value to your applications and truly position yourself as a specialist in the market and industry you operate in. For example, a professional LinkedIn profile which outlines your achievements and demonstrates your knowledge of a particular skillset via statuses, membership of groups and so forth will help you stand out from your peers. Show you are contributing to the industry you work in. How do you add value and insight? How are you passionate? Are your views trusted and appreciated? Build Your Brand If you take some time to build your online profile and highlight your previous companies, your key skills and your achievements to build a strong reputation then you could well be a step ahead of other applicants when it comes to the point of you looking to move jobs. Your personal brand is important in today’s world – you need to manage, monitor and make the most of it. The benefits and value an excellent online profile creates outweigh the potential risks.
  • 3. Five Things To Remember Your Online Profile Your Online Profile 3 www.eurostaffgroup.com 1. Monitor It is essential you monitor your online profile. What’s professional? What’s personal? Is there any difference? News spreads fast in the digital world so it is crucial to keep abreast of what you are saying about yourself and what people may be saying about you! Run searches under your name on the likes of Google and Twitter on a regular basis. Not happy about what you find? Take the appropriate measures to rectify it. 2. Privacy All of the various social networks have different privacy settings that are continuously changing and can be confusing. Check the privacy settings on your photos on Facebook (they have their own settings) and untag yourself from any photos that don’t portray you in the best light. You can protect your tweets on Twitter, if you have a personal account you may want to use this option. If you believe your tweets are appropriate and give a positive insight into your character then you can of course keep it open – just remember though: if you wouldn’t say it to your colleague or a boss, don’t put it online! 3. Get the basics right Ensure that you have a picture of yourself and are involved in conversations. Having a dormant/ inactive profile is possibly worse than having no profile at all! Make sure you get the basics right – A picture, tell people what you do, check for spelling errors, consistency across profiles, contact details (if necessary)! 4. You don’t need to be everywhere If you take some time to build your online profile and highlight your previous companies, your key skills and your achievements to build a strong reputation then you could well be a step ahead of other applicants when it comes to the point of you looking to move jobs. Your personal brand is important in today’s world – you need to manage, monitor and make the most of it. The benefits and value an excellent online profile creates outweigh the potential risks. 5. Promote Yourself If you believe that your online profile makes you stand out from the competition, shows off your expertise and adds value to your personal brand then shout about it. Include links to profiles, blogs, commentary where your name appears on your CV/covering letters for job applications. Having these ‘extras’ show you in a different light to many people so why wouldn’t you want to be one step ahead?
  • 4. Looking For A Job On Social Media Why? How? Where? Your Online Profile 4 www.eurostaffgroup.com Why? • A credible profile creates a great first impression if potential employers are searching you out. • Your exposure and visibility is increased greatly compared to simply placing your CV online. Friends, former colleagues and companies will all be able to assist you in your job search. • You are able to show ‘you’ a lot more. An online profile gives an insight into you as a person. If managed well, this will give you a real edge in the recruitment process. How? • Make sure your profile is recent and relevant, there is not much worse than a stale profile. Be active, update your statuses, tweet (if necessary), make sure any blogs have new content on them • Keywords are essential. What would recruiters or employers search for if they were looking for someone like you? Make sure you include those keywords in your profile! • Is there an opportunity for references/testimonials (on LinkedIn for example)? Ask your former colleagues/suppliers/customers for some comments – it adds credibility to your personal brand • Be connected to relevant people. Although not 100% true, “Who you know” plays a significant part in the recruitment process. Where? Some networks that are great for finding your next job are listed below. Remember though, as stated in our ‘5 Things to Remember…’ – you don’t need to be everywhere so just choose what is most relevant to you and your market: • LinkedIn • Xing (Germany) • Viadeo (France) • Twitter • Wordpress (for your own blog) • Visual CV • YouTube (the power of the video CV is quickly growing!)
  • 5. Communicating Your Expertise Social Media Your Online Profile 5 www.eurostaffgroup.com Why? • The digital world means it is easier for industry influencers to see and hear you. • There are huge platforms such as forums and networks for you to publish content and insight. • Being seen as an expert and be able to educate your peers can establish you as a real thought leader which opens a number of doors to help you progress your career. How? • Fish where the fish are. Get involved in social network discussions that are relevant to your industry – answer questions; challenge opinions and position yourself as a thought leader. • Pop up social conferences are common now, get in touch with the organisers and see if you can speak and/or deliver a presentation. You will benefit from the promotion as well as the networking opportunities at the event itself. • It’s easy to set up a blog (try Wordpress), if you have an opinion then talk about it. You don’t have to write essays and whitepapers (unless you want to!) but informal commentary that shows your knowledge is a great way to build up followers. • React to industry news if you can. Twitter is an excellent platform for this, see what is trending in your market and voice your opinion. • Technology means uploading videos is easier than ever. If you want to put a face to your opinions then start ‘vlogging’! Where? You can showcase your expertise in a number of places. There will be many platforms that are specific to your industry and skillset but the ones listed below may be a good place to start (and then research the more niche mediums to promote yourself). • LinkedIn • Xing (Germany) • Viadeo (France) • Twitter • Facebook Groups • Wordpress (for your own blog) • Quora & Stackoverflow (great for answering questions) • YouTube