You can spend hours tweaking your CV but still forget about the impression you leave all across the internet.
In the video, Ralph was doing pretty well. He had a good resume and he presented very well. He was about to be offered a job…
Before you apply for a job, here are a few simple steps you can take to see how ‘job-ready’ your online self really is.
The first thing to know is that some employers use the internet to find out more about job seekers. They might Google your name, visit your blog or search for a project that you mentioned in your resume.
In many cases this is a good thing. The employer will see how you use the internet and social media.
But it’s a good idea to review your online self or ‘digital footprint’ before you start applying for jobs. Do you have a Radical Ralph ‘out and proud’ for the world to share?
Check out your online self
Type your name into search engines and go through the results. You might get more accurate results if you include the town where you live in the search (or something else that narrows the search). If you can’t find anything about you, look out for your namesakes (people with the same name).
Look at the results (for you or your namesake) from the point of view of a potential employer – what impression do you get? Describe the impression in a few words (e.g. hard working, creative, immature, fashionable, clever). Is that the impression you want to give?
Remember, you found this information with just a few keystrokes. A new employer can easily do the same.
Yikes! Check those privacy settings
If you have any social media accounts, check your privacy settings and set them so that only people that you accept as friends can see your page.
Check your contact points
Chances are you will provide an email address or mobile phone number with most job applications. What impression will your email address and phone message give? If in doubt, set up a special email address for job applications and keep your phone message simple.
Australian Curriculum Links:
Work Studies/Year 9/Skills for learning and work: Work skills
Differentiate between work-related and personal use of social media.
Work Studies/Year 10/Skills for learning and work: Work skills
Evaluate a range of online communication tools used in work contexts.
Work Studies/Year 10/Career and life design: Gaining and keeping work
Use a range of tools, methods and skills for accessing work relevant to 21st century recruitment and selection processes.