Are you in the recruiting researcher's crosshairs?

Ryan Urdang, Head of Research

Gone are the days of handing out a hard copy C.V. These days’ people send out C.V.’s via email and post them on social media sites hoping that the right company will come along and swoop them up. What most people don’t realise is that any form of social media can land them the job of their dreams. Most recruiters go about finding candidates by probing the internet and searching for the perfect candidate profile to place. But what are the right things to do in order to be noticed?

1) First impressions are everything, so make sure that your profile is as professional as possible. The first thing that most people see is your profile picture so try to make sure that your picture shows your professional side. It is advised to not use a photo of you and your group of friends as it makes it that much harder for the person viewing your profile to know who they are reading about.

2) When searching for someone, researchers will generally type in keywords in order to find the person that ticks most of, if not all, of the boxes that are required for the position at hand. When creating your profile make sure to put in enough detail that you will come up in the search and give enough information so that the person reading your profile can get a better understanding of who you are and what you have accomplished.

3) Growing your network is beneficial whether you are actively looking for a new job or not. By having a larger network of people you can be found by a recruiter a lot faster. If you are associated with the right person or a person in common. This will ensure you appear at the top of the list on the recruiters search.

So the next time you post something online, especially on social media, just think who is actually finding it and how it could affect your chances of landing that role you have always wanted.