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Using social media to your advantage

Nowadays people don´t print their CV´s, it´s outdated and a thing of the past. Having a one page CV in a non-editable format is a great option. However, our social networks also need a lot of attention as it is also easier to find a job when you have an online profile. And while we’re not going to use our social networks to get a job, we should always be careful about what we post because companies are turning to researching potential employees through their Facebook profiles and even Instagram.

Now, how could we use social networks in our favor when looking for a job?

We all know professional social networks well, but we do not always know how to make the most of them. According to a study conducted in 2014 by Infoempleo, 79% of professionals consider that an active candidate in social networks has more job opportunities. It is absolutely imperative to know how to handle these virtual tools when our main objective is to be considered as a possible candidate.

Here are some steps you should follow to become an expert in social networking

The first thing to do is create a complete and detailed profile. Then you must add all your previous work experience and even briefly describe your responsibilities in each of the companies for which you have worked.

Adding a photo does not have to be merely institutional, your photography should demonstrate your level of creativity, so as a graphic designer or community manager you could let your imagination fly.

Do the same for your digital CV so you can apply to other online offers through job vacancies like neuvoo.

Make it a maximum of one page, do not exaggerate the amount of information to place and always mention your skills. Never send a CV in editable format like Word, it is more convenient to pay a professional to design one, after all, your CV is your business card.

Start creating a list of contacts and follow the companies that you are interested in on your different social networks and this way you will make yourself known. Get acquainted with Skype. Many large and small companies have started using this tool to interview potential candidates.

Good spelling is an essential part of every profile. If a candidate has bad spelling the company will loose all interest in him or her, so be sure not to miss any tilde.

In this new digital era, it is essential to leave our mark and make a difference by standing out among other candidates. Remember that having a digital identity is the new cover letter, so spend a day updating all your profiles as you would do with your CV. Go for it!

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by Vanessa Fardi / NEUVOO

Team Leader US/CA/LATAM

Email: vanessa@neuvoo.com

NEUVOO is a free job search aggregator that indexes jobs directly from companies’ career websites, placement agencies and job boards.

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