The economy is struggling to get back on its feet and if you’re looking for a job, you’re going to have to leverage all your skills as well as all available resources. And yes, your Facebook account can help you land that job.
Well, probably your LinkedIn account more than your Facebook account.
OnlineDegrees.com has unveiled a nifty little inforgraphic about how companies are leaning on social media more than ever in the job search – and how you can use that to your advantage. Most all job recruiters are currently hiring candidates via LinkedIn (94.5%), and they are even using Twitter and Facebook to a lesser degree (42% and 33%, respectively).
On the employer end, most of their time spent on various social networks include looking for potential candidates and posting job offerings.
On the prospective employee’s end, they suggest making a quick impression. Apparently, people only spend about 5.7 seconds looking at a person’s social media profile. That means your picture, job title, and any other quick information at the top is what has the most chance of being seen.
Of course, we also know that social media can be a liability to your job search as well. Employers scouring Facebook and Twitter to learn information about you will naturally unconver any damning evidence along with the good stuff. You’ve got to keep your social accounts free of the “fun” stuff by being vigilant of your privacy settings.
Being vigilant with your privacy settings won’t help if your employer is demanding your social media passwords, however, but that’s a whole other argument.
Check out the full infographic below:
Courtesy of: OnlineDegrees.com