What makes us stand out from the 5.4 million other Singaporeans out there? They may not all be fighting with us for the same jobs, but in such a competitive country such as ours, what can we do in order to be that ‘outstanding’ one?
According to the Oxford Dictionary (2014), the definition of authentic is, “Of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine”. Sounds easy but yet so difficult to achieve. I cannot even count the number of times where I thought my idea was “authentic” and did a search of it on google only to find out that about a thousand more people thought that the idea was “authentic” as well.
According to Jobvite’s Social Recruiting Survey (2014), about 73% of employers are planning to increase investment in recruiting via social networks, about 10-13% more than referrals and corporate career sites! 73% of recruiters have hired a candidate through social media with 79% of those recruiting via Linkedin while 55% of recruiters have also reconsidered a candidate based on their social profile.
THIS GOES TO SHOW THAT…. CREATING AN ONLINE PROFESSIONAL PROFILE MAY SOON TAKE OVER RESUMES IN THE NEAR FUTURE!
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Here’s some of the steps that I found useful from the Ohio State University career services that I will list down below for you guys!
Decide what name you wish to use. (Full name vs nickname) – This should be consistent in all the other links in your profile.
Upload a professional picture of yourself. Dress your best and SMILE! Make sure the picture is in high quality. First impressions are key.
Define yourself. Write a clear headline for your profile which shouts you. Make sure it is clear and memorable. This is what will make you more “authentic” than the rest.
Highlight your best pieces of work. Make sure it is in the range of professionalism. E.g artworks, past work experiences, past projects. This will also help you stand out from the rest! So don’t be afraid to share!
Remember the catchphrase:
CONNECT. UPDATE. ADD VALUE.
Meaning, connect with professionals in the area, follow them on all social media including Linkedin, facebook and twitter profiles. Update your professional profile frequently with the projects you may be working on, blog posts you have done and interesting articles regarding the field of work you are interested in. And lastly, add value to your profile by constantly updating on the education, skills, projects and work you have done overtime.
Just remember: keep a professional image at all times and also to keep your private lives a part from this professional profile! Have fun, be creative and just be yourself!! Nothing can be more “authentic” than that!
Just a quote I really liked from Kerry Provenzano (2014), “Do everything you can to show the people in your field what you’re up to, and that you are ready to engage and learn from them.”.
Oxford dictionaries. 2014. authentic: definition of authentic in Oxford dictionary (British & World English). [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/authentic. [Accessed 03 December 2014].
Social Recruiting Survey. 2014. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.jobvite.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Jobvite_SocialRecruiting_Survey2014.pdf. [Accessed 03 December 2014].
College of Arts and Sciences Career Services. 2014. Builiding your professional online presence [ONLINE] Available at: http://asccareerservices.osu.edu/sites/asccareerservices.osu.edu/files/Building%20a%20Professional%20Online%20Presence.pdf. [Accessed 03 December 2014].
P. Kerry. 2014. Students: tweet your way to a job | Education | [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard/2014/apr/02/social-media-students-employability-jobs. [Accessed 03 December 2014].