Quick answer: No, you’re not. We will quickly break down a few myths for you, and explain what matters in online recruitment.
by Mariano Aragunde
You search for a job on career sites, job boards, and ask your friends if they happen to know of any open position to fit you. After some time analyzing jobs and companies, let’s say you narrowed it down to three. You apply online, and wait to get a call or a response. Then you finally get a call for an interview. And as you wait for the day of your interview, you do a little bit more research and wonder about what to wear or say during the interview.
But there is something else most candidates worry about… “Will my recruiter start stalking me online to see what they can find”?
It’s a very valid point nowadays, especially if you have an active online presence. But now it’s time to debunk a few myths, and break it down for you.
Be yourself online
Short and sweet: we’re not stalking you online. I’m sorry to ruin the fantasy, but the recruitment process is all about skills and knowledge. Recruiters don’t have the time to google you, and it generally won’t be very useful for the hiring process.
Imagine you’re a recruiter: and in your daily job you sift through hundreds of applications to find the best candidates for developer or architect roles in a high-demand business unit. Would you go through each candidate’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter profile to see what they’re up to? Not really!
So, what do we look at online? Basically, we look at your online CV or LinkedIn Profile. That’s what matters. Of course, if you’re applying for jobs related to website design, social media, communications, PR, etc., we will also be searching for your online working portfolios. But we are not interested in your personal accounts or references.
First be easy to find, then be attractive
What I would personally recommend is to have a top-notch LinkedIn profile because this is how many candidate searching processes start.
- Before we get to know you, first we need to find you. We need to find you based on your skills, knowledge, and experience. And we do that with big-data queries and searches on LinkedIn’s database. Fill your LinkedIn profile with relevant keywords and concepts. Everything is relevant for search!
Here’s an example:
- Now you need to be attractive! This is where all those “LinkedIn tips” blog articles come to work – here’s a cool one. Review your LinkedIn profile, and follow these tips.
I hope this helps you relax a bit in this hyperactive social media era we’re living in. If you have any more questions, put them in the comments, this is a very interesting topic for discussion!
Mariano Aragunde is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s a communications and social media specialist, and a 10-year IBMer. He’s a local journalist, triathlete and passionate about human communications studies.
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