Other social media sites

Go beyond LinkedIn to find work and grow your career through your social presence.

Students have successfully leveraged Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms to showcase their work, sell products and services, interact with customers and land new jobs, contracts or clients.

Hiring managers use social media to conduct background checks, search for candidates and gain a better sense of who you are. Search your name online to see what others will see.  The top five things recruiters look for when reviewing a candidate’s online presence: 

  1. Discriminatory comments about race, religion, gender etc.
  2. Professionalism
  3. Negative comments about a previous employer or co-worker
  4. Inappropriate photos or videos
  5. Drug use

If there’s something you don’t want employers to see, be sure to tighten up your security settings, especially when you start looking for your first professional job.  Consider deleting past friends and acquaintances and untagging yourself from others' posts and photos.

You can also use social media to network directly with decision makers and hiring managers, putting you in a better position when it comes to being selected for interviews.   Employers seek out individuals who positively participate and engage in online communication that supports their qualifications, conveys professionalism and demonstrates a good fit for company culture.  Find out more about how you can better utilize social media on the SFU OLC social media blog.

How to Use Instagram in Your Job Search: https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-use-instagram-in-your-job-search-2063790

Have you thought about searching YouTube for career advice videos, using it to research employers, cultivating your personal brand and showcasing your technical skills? These are just some of the ways you can use YouTube in your work search.   

If you have an online portfolio, delete any old materials that no longer represent your current skill levels and career aspirations. For more information see What to put in an online portfolio.  Another platform you might consider is Pinterest.  This virtual pin-board can help develop your skills, connect with other professionals, and explore your career path.

Engaging with connections and their content is so important. You can use Twitter as a Job Search Tool.  

Did you know facebook has a new Job Search Feature under "explore"?