Looking For Job? How's Your Online Presence?

At no time in history than now is the need for jobseekers to establish a good and credible online presence that will distinguish and help them compete favourably in the present competitive job market. Companies are going online, transacting online, and also searching for workers online. Many top organizations do background checks of applicants' profile on the internet as part of their pre-employment screening process.

Online Presence

The true identity and persona of anybody today can be seen by simply scanning their social media pages. You may lie in your CV or interview, but your online presence will definitely reveal the hidden details about you, much more than you can imagine. These details can either help or totally destroy your chances. Just try doing a search of your full name on google, you'll probably be shocked at how much of your information is out there.

The Issue About Your Online Presence

The real issue is this: is your online presence in sync wth your offline / real personality? E.g. are you claiming to be a very good, humble, accomodating and easy-going person offline, while your online presence shows you as an abusive, impatient, quarrelsome, intolerant, and discriminative person who insults everyone with a different opinion? Think about it.

Companies are looking to employ the right people who will work hard and fit in with the existing team. But advertising and finding the right people have become increasingly difficult and time consuming over the years because of the amount of people applying for one job role. In Nigeria here, as reported by premiumtimesng.com, employment crisis worsened in the first quarter of 2016, with unemployment rate rising to 12.1 per cent according to the National Bureau of Statistics; and the case is not different in other parts of the world. With this in mind, you can see how difficult it is for graduates who are faced with the prospect of applying for jobs after at least four years of hard slog at the University. 

How To Stand Out From The Crowd

It is quite clear that the importance of getting noticed is extremely high, but how do you go about it? Well here are some tips: It is a good idea to have an online platform which represents you. Places like LinkedIn are a great platform for an online CV. But whatever you do, don’t let your own personal social media activities affect your online presence negatively. Just imagine that your would-be employer scanned through your social media pages only to find out you post nude pictures and porn videos, and hate speeches. What do you think he/she would do?

You can either keep your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram private and create job sensitive accounts so that employers can see that you are active online, or you make sure your social media outlets are in perfect sync with your whole positive personality, else you will be judged as living a double standard life and cannot be trusted.

Check Out A Platform Called: "About Me"

Another great tool is something called "About Me" (https://about.me): this is an online platform which allows you to create your own online website, all about you (a nice credible online presence tool). It is basically another online CV and another way to introduce yourself to the employer. If you are applying for a job which involves a lot of writing such as a copywriter or a content writer or a journalist, having a blog as an online presence and format to prove your writing skills is a great idea. Luckily,you can start a blog with wordpress or blogger 100% free. It helps both when applying and within job interviews to show hands on, your skills.

After you have applied for your chosen job, and you are lucky enough to receive an interview you need to make sure you are ready for one. One of the most important things to do to prepare yourself is to research the company; this you can do online too. If you sit in the interview and don’t know who they are or what they do you will look silly when they begin to ask questions like "How would improve the business" etc.You need to not only keep your CV etc. up to date but your knowledge of the industry. Make sure you know what is happening, what is going on in the news and whether there have been any big developments in the industry. This will also prove you're online presence and research ability.

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