You’ve probably heard of “social media” right? Its a buzz word that has been going around for years now after popular sites like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and more have surfaced as avenues for people to express who they are and how they feel to others around the world. The odds are so great that I’m willing to wager that both you and I have used a social media site today or will use one within minutes of reading this!
And if we use them…GUESS WHAT?! SO DO EMPLOYERS!
“A survey commissioned by the online employment website CareerBuilder has found that 37 percent of hiring managers use social networking sites to research job applicants, with over 65 percent of that group using Facebook as their primary resource.” -huffingtonpost.com
The same survey also showed that, “only 15 percent of companies had policies in place that explicitly prohibited human resources department from using the sites as a hiring resource.”
Bottom Line: Whether you like it or not, companies are using social networks to screen job applicants. The hirers usually use these sites in order to get a more personal view of a candidate, rather than the resume-like view they will see on LinkedIn. This means that it is important to carefully manage your image on these types of sites. Lets take a second to make sure you’re using these sites appropriately and not HURTING your chances of nailing that dream job or internship!
2 Things you want to remain aware of while using the internet in a social way…
- EVERYTHING IS PUBLIC!
Remember that what you put online can be saved, traced and used against you. You should stay clear of posting the party photos from St. Patty’s weekend online if you care about a potential employer seeing them. At the very least you should be aware of your privacy settings and what you’re allowing people to access from your accounts.
Facebook & Twitter can ruin you!
Though there are many sites online nowadays,..these are the most popular and by contrast the most dangerous! No one is trying to strip these popular social media sites of their valor, but proceed with caution. Regularly check your privacy settings and THINK before you post. On the CareerBuilder survey it was reported that 76% of employers use both of these sites to consider a candidate. Take home message: BE SMART!
Hirers are looking at the social networking profiles of candidates. This means that YOU, the job seeker, need to have your online act in order before you begin looking for a job.
P.S: Take a look at this really easy and cool breakdown of the CareerBuilder survey results
Still interested? Check out this cool blog featured on Forbes’ website on ways to use social media to land a job. –> CLICK HERE
You’ve probably been encouraged to take advantage of college resources on many different occasions in your academic career. However, it is not always clear how or which programs are best suited for you.
In this installment of “What’s in Hogan 203?” we will reacquaint you with the services and resources offered virtually by the Career Planning site. The mentioned sites are definitely worth taking a look!
- First on the top right corner, you will find our “Self-Help Guides.” These packets will take you step-by-step through the process of developing your Resume, writing a Cover Letter and learning more skills to help you score your dream internship or job. This is the place to start learning how to develop your professional profile, while avoiding a major faux pas.
All of these guides are also offered in print inside the Career Planning Center- Hogan 203.
- In the top left hand corner, we offer Powerpoints of our “Online Workshops.” These resources focus on more specific situations, such as the different types of interviews you may encounter. While the first section centers on more general advice, this is the place to look for tips when you’ve narrowed down the companies you’re applying for OR if you’ve already scored an interview.
Step 2: Crusader Connections
Before going through the “External Links” section, head over to Crusader Connections, where we post a TON of internship/job opportunities. To access these, sign in and familiarize yourself with CRUSADER CONNECTIONS. Throughout your job search, Crusader Connections will be your best friend… if you know how to navigate it. For a full Crusader Connections tutorial, check out last year’s blog post.
Step 3: External Links
Now it’s time to tackle the bottom section of “External Links.” All of these links provide helpful information about potential career paths or current internship/job opportunities. Look confusing? We’ll break it down for you….
- Still not sure where your career path is heading? (P.S. No one really does)
- Search by Major on this site.
- Search the Stats here
- Specific advice for Liberal Arts students: here
- Considering Abroad? Head to this site.
- Ready to gain experience? Search for specific internships:
- Liberal Arts Career Network: LACN (Sign in via Crusader connections)
- Broaden your search: here
- Know what career field you want to pursue? Look for specific jobs:
- General National Job Search (Sign on via Crusader Connections)
- Considering Non-profits? Check this site out.
- More jobs here!
- Bonus: Interview & Career Fair Opportunities:
- LARC Interview Program & Career Fair: Check it out here!
**If accessing any of the above links off campus, sign on to Crusader Connections & go to “Career Resources” box**
Now it’s time to use these resources & start your Career Search!