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Must-Know Tips For Your Internet Job Search

August 2, 2017

Does your online persona represent you accurately as a jobseeker? And does it matter?

If you aren’t sure, look at these statistics, according to the infographic below:

  • 73% of 18-34 year olds found their most recent job through social media;
  • 78% of recruiters have hired from social media, while 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media for their work, up from 78% in 2008;
  • 30% of Google searches are employment-related.

While recruiters may use social media more actively, 39% of employers are also using it as a recruiting and hiring tool. The most popular social network for recruiters was LinkedIn, where most recruiters found the candidate they were searching for. LinkedIn—now with over 300 million users—is widely used in the United States, India, Brazil, The United Kingdom, and Canada.

We have talked about cleaning up your social media profiles before, but here are a few extra tips. In some cases, the response from a recruiter might be the opposite of what one would expect. For example, 61% of recruiters reacted negatively to grammar and spelling errors on candidate profiles, whereas 29% reacted positively and three percent were neutral. Pictures of alcohol were either seen as good or bad, considering that 47% responded negatively, 39% reacted positively and only one percent remained neutral. Volunteering generated a large percentage of positive responses from recruiters at 65%, while 26% felt neutral.

Another thing to consider is using a separate email address for job hunting, such as yourname@emailaddress.domain. Sticking to just your  name won’t reveal too much about you. While you’re cleaning up your social media profiles, try adding relevant work and volunteer experience for recruiters and potential employers to find. Lastly, remember to be wary before giving out personal information to job search or other related sites. Keep scrolling for more helpful job search tips:

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