Social Media and Building your Personal Brand

83% of recruiters say they search the web for information on potential candidates. 43% drop candidates because of undesirable information found on social media sites.

When searching for a job, it’s important to build your personal brand. This not only helps you to get the job, but could also strengthen your negotiating position.

The fact is, your social media and social networking sites will most likely be viewed by potential employers. It’s important that your personal brand sends the right message. Proper use of social media is necessary to accomplish this.

Below are suggestions to help control how you are viewed by potential employers:

1. Do a web search on yourself and see what comes up. Go to www.google.com and enter your name in “quotes”.

2. Control findings by setting up your own social media and social networking sites. Some of the more popular sites are FaceBook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. They’re very popular with search engines.
- Content must be interesting, professional, positive, and genuine (see suggestions below).

3. Blog about your industry. WordPress is fairly easy to use and has a great “help” site for those less experienced bloggers (support.wordpress.com)

4. Be patient. It does not happen overnight - but when it does, the results are amazing. Don’t get frustrated and give up if you don’t get immediate results.

SIDE NOTE… when preparing for a job interview; consider doing a Google search on your interviewer. It might be useful to know if you have any acquaintances in common.

Suggestions that are a MUST for job seekers building their personal brand:

FaceBook (www.facebook.com)

 Recruiters learn a lot about you by reading your wall posts. Make sure visible postings do not contain profanity or anything that could make you look bad.

 Hide inappropriate pictures or video. Fun pictures of you and your friends are great (and expected). Just don’t display anything you wouldn’t want your mom (or a recruiter) to see.

 Include information about any volunteer work or organizations you’re a member of. Also, create a note for any blogs you’ve started.

 Post a video resume or video biography (2 minutes or less). Potential employers want to see the real you. Talk about your skills, experience and include any honors, organizations, volunteer work, and even relevant hobbies. (see the section “About your Video Resume” below)

MySpace (www.myspace.com)

See suggestions for FaceBook. Video Resumes can be longer than 2 minutes on MySpace, however videos longer than 3 minutes are not recommended.

LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)

 Make your headline enticing. (example: “Innovative Marketer with a Drive for Results”)

 Information from your profile shows up in search results so it’s important that your profile is complete, detailed and set up for “full view”. Include past companies, education, affiliations, and activities.

 Ask friends, former co-workers and supervisors to connect and recommend you.

 Join groups that are relevant to the type of work you’re seeking.

 Link to any blog posts you’ve started as well as your other social media sites so potential employers can really see you.

SIDE NOTE: If you’re interested in working for a particular company, search that company to find people who are connected to people you know.

Twitter (www.twitter.com)
 Use your real name as your twitter name, it helps search engines find you.

 Employers know people tweet about things that are important to them. Make sure to tweet about any work or industry related projects you’re doing, or anything positive that you want employers to know matters to you.

 Follow members who are related to your line of work and companies you’re targeting for employment.

 Make sure you’re not sending tweets that contain inappropriate information that may reflect poorly on you to a potential employer.

YouTube (www.youtube.com)
 Always upload your video resume or video biography to YouTube, even if you’ve already posted it on your other social media sites. This improves search engine results, and allows you to give potential employers a link directly to the video in your resume and cover letter.

 Started any good blogs? You’ve taken the time to write it, now use it as a script to create an informational video for YouTube and your other social media sites. CN Video Resumes has some information on producing a Video Blog.

About your Video Resume

Your video resume or video biography is one of the most important parts of your personal brand. Below are a few tips on how to really get the most benefit.

 Make sure your video is 2 minutes or less if you’re posting it on FaceBook (MySpace and YouTube do not have the same restrictions, however, a video resume should never be more than 3 minutes long).

 If you’re on LinkedIn and have been recommended by others, make sure to reference it in your video resume.

 Don’t just read your resume on video. A good video resume should show who you are, not just list your credentials. But be careful to keep it professional. Barney Stinson’s video resume was very amusing, but would NOT get you a job.

 Make sure to send out a tweet letting others know that you’re creating the video, and again to let them know once it’s available.

 Like a traditional resume, your video resume must be professional. Don’t post something that looks like it was done on your laptop web cam. If you can, get some help from a professional. CN Video Resumes, offers professional services, helpful information, affordable solutions and partial “do it yourself” options, and will give you a free consultation.

Good luck! And keep in mind; managing your personal brand properly is an important step in developing new opportunities.

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