DON’T BE ANTI-SO­CIAL

I’M NOT ON ANY SO­CIAL ME­DIA. DOES THAT COUNT AGAINST ME IN MY SEARCH FOR A JOB?

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DAR­REN BUCHANAN MAN­AG­ING DI­REC­TOR, HAYS QUEENS­LAND

It is stan­dard prac­tice in most in­dus­tries to use pro­fes­sional so­cial me­dia. With em­ploy­ers now look­ing to proac­tively “find and en­gage” tal­ent by us­ing dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy and data science an­a­lyt­ics to iden­tify suit­able peo­ple, rather than pas­sively wait for the right ap­pli­cant for a job, a pro­fes­sional so­cial me­dia pres­ence is even more im­por­tant. Start by cre­at­ing a LinkedIn pro­file. Use the right key­words to en­sure your pro­file ap­pears in a re­cruiter’s search re­sults. Ask for en­dorse­ments and tes­ti­mo­ni­als from for­mer em­ploy­ers and col­leagues, and join rel­e­vant LinkedIn groups – and par­tic­i­pate.

SINEAD HOURI­GAN BRIS­BANE DI­REC­TOR, ROBERT WAL­TERS

It would greatly de­pend on the type of role you are ap­ply­ing for. For ex­am­ple, if you were seek­ing an op­por­tu­nity in an or­gan­i­sa­tion that was highly dig­i­tally en­gaged and ex­pected their staff to have a vis­i­ble pres­ence on­line, it would prob­a­bly present an is­sue. Like­wise, if you were look­ing for a po­si­tion in a mar­ket­ing or com­mu­ni­ca­tions role. Aside from that, the only is­sue might be that many em­ploy­ers con­duct dig­i­tal ref­er­ences on po­ten­tial can­di­dates (for ex­am­ple Face­book searches). How­ever, it might be re­fresh­ing for some em­ploy­ers if a po­ten­tial em­ployee doesn’t spend a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of their day dis­tracted by dig­i­tal plat­forms.

JULIE FORD SE­NIOR EX­EC­U­TIVE CON­SUL­TANT, McARTHUR

There are ad­van­tages to be­ing ac­tive on some forms of so­cial me­dia. I would rec­om­mend cre­at­ing a LinkedIn pro­file, al­low­ing em­ploy­ers to find you for a role (head­hunt­ing) or ver­ify your ap­pli­ca­tion de­tails. Prospec­tive em­ploy­ers of­ten use Face­book to glimpse at who you are out­side work, us­ing so­cial me­dia checks as part of the se­lec­tion process to iden­tify aligned val­ues and cul­tural fit. How­ever, this means you must be care­ful about the con­tent of your pro­file so keep posts and photos ap­pro­pri­ate. So­cial me­dia is also an ex­cel­lent tool for jobseekers to learn about com­pa­nies, net­work and to be alerted to job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

DR NERIDA HILLBERG DI­REC­TOR OF PSY­CHOL­OGY, FER­RIS MAN­AGE­MENT CON­SUL­TANTS

Not hav­ing any so­cial me­dia may work against you. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, LinkedIn is a ve­hi­cle com­monly used in re­cruit­ment and se­lec­tion. If you are not present, you can’t be reached. Hav­ing a LinkedIn pro­file al­lows for pro­fes­sional net­work­ing, as it’s a fo­rum for you to en­gage with in­di­vid­u­als who you oth­er­wise would not be able to con­nect with. It can help build your pro­fes­sional brand. When look­ing for a job I rec­om­mend lever­ag­ing as many an­gles as you can. So­cial me­dia is one of them as it can alert you to po­ten­tial job op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as con­nect you with peo­ple.

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