Being active online is important for most industries–not just jobs related to social media. Recruiters and hiring managers often look up a candidate’s name to find out a bit more about them, so why not make your resume social-friendly by providing the information you’d like them to find upfront? Here are five tips for a well-rounded social resume:
Job Seekers Should Link Together Their Social Channels
Most job seekers will have more than one social media channel which they use in the job search. You might have a LinkedIn profile, a Twitter account, a video resume, an industry specific blog, and even a work portfolio. These should all be linked, so an employer stumbling upon one of your social profiles will be able to follow the link breadcrumbs to find out more about your candidacy.
— Josh Tolan, Spark Hire
Build Social Presence On Industry-Specific Platforms
Increasing numbers of employers are using social media for recruiting purposes. Job seekers should focus on developing their online presence on social platforms that are most relevant to their career field. This means carefully researching to see where the most important conversations are being held and establishing a strong professional presence there to join in and leave their mark.
— Nathan Parcells, InternMatch
Attract Recruiters With A Consistent Online Presence
Recruiters are always looking for reasons to remove candidates from the hiring process, and inconsistency in your social resume is a definite red flag. The information that you include online such as on social resumes like OneWire and LinkedIn should match what is within your resume and other supporting documents. This includes consistency in work experience dates. If your resume cites that you began your current job in June 2011, make sure your online profile also indicates this.
— Melanie Harris, OneWire
House All Social Channels In One Place
Job seekers can build a well-rounded social resume by creating a website that houses all of their social channels. For instance, a personal site can include your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ pages. This personal site can then be linked on your resume, which provides the employer with all the relevant social information they need about you and your brand.
— Alan Carniol, Interview Success Formula
Nail Your LinkedIn Profile
Make it 100 percent complete (per LinkedIn’s standards). Secure lots of recommendations, lots of relevant connections, and post relevant (to your job) content/status updates. The crucial item about LinkedIn is your connections and how a recruiter/hiring manager can see if you know common people, so its also important to grow your network (but not randomly!) you want connections relevant to your job search.
– Sudy Bharadwaj, Jackalope Jobs
What do you think? Do you include information about your online presence on your resume?
Heather R. Huhman is the founder and president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. You can connect with Heather and Come Recommended on Twitter and Facebook.