Tips on social media for everyone

Thanks to social media we’re better
connected than ever before.

Our information spreads instantly and we’ve got more videos of cats than you can

shake a laser pointer at. We use it to
share just about every aspect of our

lives and that can be useful, but do you
remember that all those Facebook posts,

tweets, photos and videos they end up
scattered all over the internet and they

can usually be traced back to you. This
is sometimes called your digital footprint

and how it represents you can
have an effect on your employability.

It’s becoming common for employers to
use social media to screen applicants

and many of them will reject you if you
give the bad impression, but actually

they’re just as likely to hire you if
they see something they like.

So don’t let your digital footprint stamp out your chance of a job, follow these five

steps and you’ll be on your way to
social media success. Step 1: LinkedIn is

incredibly useful. Set up a professional
profile and build a network of

connections. You can join groups for
insider knowledge and when you’re ready

you can even use it to search for jobs,
and while you’re at it why not check out

the canvas of the social networks out
there. There may even be one especially

for your chosen industry. Step 2: keep an
eye on your security settings.

Social networks especially Facebook change their privacy and security settings

regularly, so make sure you’re not back
to share those photos from last night’s

pub crawl with your future boss. Also,
remember that just because you made your

post private it doesn’t actually mean it
will stay that way; social media is about

sharing and before you know it your
comments could end up visible to anyone

so do you think before you post. Try
searching for yourself online once in a

while and just make sure that nothing
inappropriate shows up. At the same time

though make sure there’s something for
employers to actually see

achievements and relevant interests look
really good so don’t be afraid to show off.

Make a few public posts now and
again and show the employers why you’re

the right candidate for them. Step 3: Make
sure you’re involved in the conversation

If you’ve got your heart set on a
particular industry then you really need

to be liking, sharing, following,
commenting and retweeting those who are

already working in it. This will show that you’re really

interested and it also helps to keep
you up to date and build connections

with people and even open up opportunites. Step 4:

Make yourself easy to find. As well as
having public content on social networks

why not start blog and write about a
subject that you’re passionate about

show off how much you’ve learned through your studies and writing about your

achievements and popular topics is a
really great way to build your web

presence and step 5: Social media changes all the time. So try to keep up to date

with what’s going on, you’ll find plenty
of updates on news websites and

technology blogs. So what are you waiting for, get online and get networking

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