7 Things Good Job Seekers Do on Social Media

jobseekerSocial media is the “in-thing” now. People take it seriously, including hiring managers. Any smart job seekers would pay more attention to their social media accounts. It is now regarded as part of job search in this digital era. Of course, most people know how to use social media in their personal lives. However, in the professional world, it is different. There’s a huge chance that your social profiles are being checked by hiring managers.   Here’s your to-do list to upkeep your social media accounts:

1. Active user on a few social media platforms There are so many social media platforms nowadays. Don’t be present on all of them. It’s better if you are active only on 2 or 3 platforms. Make well-crafted and up-to-date profile on those accounts you are on.  

2. Keep (or make) it clean Have you ever posted something harsh or offensive? Delete it immediately, even after a long time. You need to make sure that your public information stays clean. Keep in mind not to post any random or rude status ever again.  

3. Bundle all of your accounts Manage your social media accounts together. Have it connected to one another. Also, never forget to add some links on every single accounts to other websites that is linked to you or even showcase your biography/portfolio (if any). It will be much easier for hiring managers to learn more about you.  

4. Show some professionalism You might go by a popular nickname that your old buddies gave to you. But please, use your real name on all of your social media accounts. You don’t want to be called by that silly name forever, right? Also, use a recent and proper photo for your display picture. Make sure that the photo could define your competency and friendly attitude.   5. Consistent personal branding So, you a serious person on LinkedIn, but often shares hilarious memes on Facebook. Your personal branding isn’t consistent then. From now on, start to posts similar things on all of your social media accounts. Yes, it sounds like a plan. Remember, don’t go easy on social media anymore.  

6. Schedule, if you’re too busy With many things to do, it is no wonder that we keep forgetting to update our social media accounts. Some of us left it deserted, and that’s not a good sign for any hiring managers as they could be assessing based on your not-updated info and social reputation. Luckily, there are plenty of social media management tools recently. Buffer, Hootsuite, IFTTT,SocialOomph, TweetDeck, SocialFlow, ArgyleSocial, you name it!  

7. Stay in touch with people you know, and get to know people you don’t know There are a lot of people who are currently already connected to your social media accounts, but you probably only interact with only a few (family, significant other, best friends). Greet your old pals and maintain good relationships with them. Social media made it a lot easier, right? Apart from people you really know, there are some people on your social media that you don’t have any idea who they are. Don’t remove them! Instead, if you see any capable person on the list, why don’t you send a personalised message to them? Count that as digital networking.   More and more people realise the power of social media. It’s natural that job offers might come from social media.


This article first appeared on TBC HR Consulting’s website at www.tbchr.com 

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Why a Personal Website is Essential for a Jobseeker


Forbes article, when referencing Workfolio, noted that “56 percent of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool – however, only 7 percent of job seekers actually have a personal website.” The finding proves that a personal website for any jobseeker is essential. A personal website can influence what people find when they search for you online. Yes, you already joined plenty of social media tools, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Google+. However, a personal website can be the “social resume”. Need more reasons? These are the reasons according to Predrag Lesic, the CEO of Domain.ME:

1. It helps you brighten your personal brand Every single brand does have a website, right? Thus, you need to make a strong online presence. “Today, a web presence is a measure of credibility and a powerful tool for communicating what you are all about to your target audiences,” Lesic says. “While it may seem unusual to consider yourself a commodity, as a job seeker, you are marketing yourself to meet a need. Like every good brand, your personal brand should live online.”

2. It gets you noticed Based on Domain.Me survey, 70 percent reported believing that employers review their online presence prior to an interview. In fact, a 2014 Jobvite survey of human resources professionals reveals that 93 percent of recruiters will review a candidate’s social media profile before making a decision, and that candidate information found on the Web influences their hiring decisions. “As employers increasingly turn to the Internet to identify and research potential candidates, you want to be searchable. Your Facebook page may entertain family members and friends, but it isn’t designed to highlight your strengths as a job candidate. Conversely, your LinkedIn profile, while providing professional credentials, can be dry and impersonal,” Lesic says. “Not only is your website a fully customizable platform to showcase your personal brand, the savvy you demonstrate in owning your Web real estate and building a site can impress potential employers,” claim Lesic. Once you own a domain of your choice – ideally, “YourName.com” or YourName.me – you can turn to various tools to populate and publish the site, such as WordPress, Wix, Squarespace or Jigsy.

3. It’s more than a résumé In Domain.ME’s survey, respondents were asked which is more important for long-term career success: a personal website or a résumé. The majority (63 percent) favored websites. “A website is interactive, evolving and dynamic,” Lesic says. “Your portfolio, writing samples, testimonials, images and more add color to your professional history. And your site’s design aesthetic and tone of voice help to convey your personal brand.”

4. It networks for you While in-person networking isn’t going out of style, digital networking can help make the job a lot easier. More than half of survey respondents believe their personal sites help them achieve professional recognition, connect them with a network of like-minded professionals and attract new customers. Do you already have a personal website? If not, why don’t you make one?

This article first appeared on TBC HR Consulting’s website at www.tbchr.com

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Exclusive Workshop: Designing Blended Learning Journeys by Lori Figueiredo

Our Head Learning Strategist will be conducting an exclusive workshop in Kuala Lumpur soon! Find out more how you can get your content ready for mobile learning and get your team learning on the go.

Program Title: Designing Learning Journey Workshop
Venue:  Level 4, Pentagon Suite, Jalan Teknokrat 6, Cyberjaya, Selangor 63000 Malaysia 
Date: 24 & 25 February 2016
Time: 9am to 5pm 

Syzygy!® Series Cycle 1 | Developing your mindset as a learning journey designer

“We all have an innate ability to learn, adapt and continuously improve, as we have for millions of years.  This is called evolution.  We have a need to strive towards a meaningful purpose.  This is called motivation.  We achieve more when we work and learn with others.  This is called collaboration.”  Lori Figueiredo, Learning Strategist.

As learning designers, we will challenge our assumptions and existing mindset.  We will apply simple techniques to create high impact learning journeys that connect people with their natural ability to:
•    Improve their own performance
•    Achieve a clear purpose
•    Add value to their organisation’s performance

Over 3 weeks as we apply the step-by-step Syzygy!® design process you will create the learning journey for a real target group you need (or would like) to develop.  You will be guided through the design process:
•    Week 1 – 3: Using the mobile coaching app with content to LEARN, activities to DO and responses to SHARE with others on this course 
•    Week 2: Bring your work-in-progress to the 1-day workshop and get live coaching by Lori plus a chance to share face-to-face as a group
•    End of Week 3: Share your successes on a virtual call

Learning Objective
Using your real life scenario we will work and learn together to design the end-to-end learning journey for your target group using the Syzygy!® Approach.  You will immediately LEARN, DO and SHARE step-by-step the Syzygy!® design principles, tools and techniques that support learning in real life; in real time; in real teams.  

Expected Learning Outcome
You will design the learning journey for your chosen target group to build:
•    Their capabilities critical to achieve a clear purpose
•    A community that works and learns together
•    A culture of continuous improvement 

Course Outline
We will practice what we preach….  We will form our own learning team and learn as we work together through our 3-step design process:
•    Step 1. Imagine success; define the PEOPLE involved and their PURPOSE with breakdown of their performance outcomes critical for their success
•    Step 2. Create success; develop the end-to-end learning PROCESS as a journey made up of 70/20/10, learning PLATFORM (delivery mechanisms, materials and tools) & learning PRINCIPLES to ensure engagement and empowerment
•    Step 3. Celebrate success; outline mechanisms to assess, reward and showcase successes

Find out more about the event!

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