If you are in the market for a new job or career, I’m sure you already know that it is fiercely competitive out there. There are well over 15 million people out of work, millions more working part time or in positions that pay far less than they had previously earned. On top of that, nearly 1 million college graduates enter the job market annually, never mind those who have chosen work over college. Right now, there are about 5 applicants for every job available. when we look at professional positions, the number of applicants for a particular position can run into the hundreds. What are your chances?
I’ll be giving weekly tips that will help you gain employment sooner than later. This week’s tip is:
Be sure to tactfully manage your social networking sites. As a career coach, I see good people lose opportunities every day due to the fact that businesses today Google youto gather as much background information as they can. Photos, comments and connections you make can give the wrong impression of you to a potential employer.
There are the obvious postings that can do you in; vacation, party and family fun photos for instance. They should be reviewed to make sure there are not photos that show too much, or would throw up red flags. Also, anything available that you write can be reviewed. Using inappropriate jargon or rudeness, along with more traditional reviews of grammar and spelling could speak to credibility. So if you are serious about getting to that next level of employment, be aware of the background search realities: It is not just about drugs, arrests and past experience anymore.
If you truly want to be considered for that next step in the hiring process, be sure to “clean up” your online social life to be viewed as a seriously viable candidate.
If you want to learn how you can best succeed in today’s competitive market, call me at 888.616.COACH (2622)!