Relying on only your CV to secure a new role is the same as putting one egg into one basket; there are lots of ways to enhance applications and even invite introductions that can lead to new opportunities.
LinkedIn being the main one.
Although social media may not be your cup of tea, it is a great place to network, source new opportunities and network. So perhaps it is time to come out of your comfort zone and try it a little differently.
- Be up to date.
LinkedIn is an evolving platform, where you can edit your dates, amend your skills, change your profile at the touch of a button. If you are not getting much interest; review your profile. Is it eye-catching? Engaging? Does it make you want to read more?
Think of your profile like the blurb of a back of a book, some books will make you want to rush to the counter and pay straight away, others you will leave to gather dust on the shelf.
Make your profile one that encourages the reader to keep scrolling and find out more about you.
Not sure how?
Dedicate some time to reading other peoples profiles and see what gets you fired up and adapt your style to suit!
It is called social media for a reason. Those who use the system effectively are those who comment, share content and engage. Sadly, the silent person in the corner doesn’t attract much attention. Commenting for commenting sakes is never a strategy I would encourage, but communicating with people is. If you like something that has been shared, comment on it, re share, let the host know they have your attention.
Engaging is great, but make it relevant and you have got a powerful resource. Follow, and connect with people you can network with. Connect and communicate with recruiters and in-house recruiters. Times are challenging at the moment, and it isn’t always possible for recruiters to take calls; but messages are easier to send and follow-up, and comments help keep you in their minds eye.
- Use for support
There are plenty of hashtags at the moment on LinkedIn that will lead to support forums. Use hashtags like #careerchat #hiring #jobhuntchat to find conversations relevant to you where you may get advice that can lead to your next opportunity.
- Be obvious.
If you are in the situation where you are open about your job hunt, then make it obvious! Have a CV listed on your profile, and use terms like open to work on your profile. Make it easy for people to find you by having keyworks that suggest you are available.
Don’t hide your light – just shine it brighter!
March 10th at 12pm – Signet Resources are running a training session on Social Media and Job Hunting – register for a free space here.