School Leavers can't always benefit from the huge library of job search advice that can now be found on the internet. Much of this is aimed at the experienced hires market and assumes that the reader already has a professional work history to include on their LinkedIn profile!
So I was delighted to be involved in a recent film production aimed at helping school leavers to figure out how best to secure their first job. The result is an in-depth video for school careers services, to help their students find a job through an understanding of today's jobs market. Anyone wanting to obtain a copy for their school can find out more at www.rideofyourlife.co.uk
I was asked to address How School Leavers Can Use Social Media to Land a Job, to complement other experts like Mike Fetters, Director at Totaljobs.com, talking about related issues such as maximising exposure in the jobs market.
I can't do justice to everything I covered here, but for those students who don't get to see the video I thought it'd be helpful to share some of the main messages - and things you should be doing. Hope the following is helpful to you as you move from student life to take the first steps in your career!
1) There is a massive focus within companies on bringing down the amounts spent on recruitment. This means making fewer hires through newspaper adverts and recruitment agencies... and even job boards to a degree; and instead making hires by directly approaching candidates via social media.
2) Social media allows you to proactively approach employers and give your CV a greater chance of being seen. Did you know it’s not at all uncommon for a recruiter to receive several hundred applications for a job opening advertised online? Getting through CV screening and invited to interview is therefore your number 1 challenge.
3) Your social media profiles will be looked at and will influence the decision to interview and hire you.
So you can start to get a feel for just how important social networking and social media have become in the School Leavers' job search armoury. We then went on to look in depth at:
What School Leavers Should Be Doing On LinkedIn
What You Should Be Doing On Twitter?
What About Facebook?
Google+ as a Potential New Avenue
So the school leavers amongst you can see that social media is going to play an important role in your search for employment. Recruiters are searching for candidates to hire there; you can network and approach recruiters there yourself; plus you must always assume your profiles will be checked as part of the candidate assessment process. Make sure you have a professional social media presence – and use these variety of tools to proactively get on the radars of recruiters and have your CV jump to the top of the pile.
For anyone reading who runs a careers service for school leavers, here's the trailer for the complete video. Can strongly recommend it's something you get to help your students in the coming years. To find out about getting this for your students go to www.rideofyourlife.co.uk
Good luck to you all in finding your first job - and if you've any specific questions you'd like to ask about using social media sites as part of your job search, please feel free to ask via the comments below. Similarly, if you've other friends who'd benefit from this advice, please do share via the sharing buttons below. :-)
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