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The Twitter job search
More and more employers are seeking out a job applicant's digital footprint before considering them in a job role. While this cannot be avoided, the generation growing up with technology should clean up their act before entering the workforce.
The case of Paris Brown -- the U.K.'s first youth and crime commissioner -- shows just how an errant tweet several years later can impact on your job prospects. After securing the role, the teenager resigned due to a police investigation taking place concerning allegedly racist tweets sent into the social media world when she was between the ages of 14 - 16.
Several tips to help you are below:
1. Clean it up: If there are any tweets that could cause you problems, delete them. Half a day of work can save you months of heartache later.
2. Make Facebook private: While some members of Generation Y go so far as to change their surnames to avoid employers finding Facebook profiles, by restricting access to posts, photos and timeline events, you can control who sees what. A photo of you on a heavy night out might be fun for friends, but a potential employer may not find the neon paint and vodka so amusing -- especially as you could end up representing their brand.
3. Create a personal and professional brand: To attract a recruiter's attention, create a one-line biography using keywords that are relevant and show you at your best.
4. Tweet about news, not breakfast: No-one cares about the amazing food you had today, but sending out the occasional tweet or two commenting on your industry's news can't hurt. Participate, offer an opinion or two once you've connected to those relevant to you.
5. Follow events and conferences: If you follow events in your industry online, and perhaps manage to attend one or two, who knows who you could bump in to.
- Just Tweet it: A directory separated by interests.
- Trends Map: Twitter trends across the globe.
6. Use Twitter 'job search engines': Twitter is full of job postings, aggregated lists and industry-specific opportunities. The social media platform can remove the pain of registering on multiple job agency websites and cuts the time required to scan through lengthy job postings.
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