Social media has become indispensable in today’s world, but above all in the lives of young people. Many companies are now also making use of the various platforms, primarily for their marketing. So why not use social media for recruiting and job hunting as well? However, there are a few important points to keep in mind.
In general, you should treat all online platforms with a little caution. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter in particular can be fatal during the application process. Post a photo from your last city trip here, one from yesterday’s meeting with friends there, or maybe one from the past party? You would like to share many pictures with your friends, but not with your current or future employer. To ensure that your social media profiles are and remain as private as possible, you should adjust the privacy and security settings accordingly. This way you avoid that everyone can access the sensitive content.
Job search platforms
However, there are also some platforms that are specifically designed for job hunting and can contribute positively to your professional career. The best-known websites for this are LinkedIn and XING. On these portals you can register for free and create a personal profile. Here you can then enter your personal information, education, knowledge and skills, i.e. a kind of virtual CV. You can or should also upload a profile picture. However, make sure that it is a professional photo. In general, you should make sure that your profile is professional and up to date, as headhunters can view your profile directly and write to you if they are considering you for an open position in your company. Accordingly, private photos are out of place here! You too can apply for jobs directly on both platforms. Today it is highly recommended to have a LinkedIn profile, as it is very efficient and easy. When you create a profile, you should add contacts to expand your network. Whether fellow students, professors or former employers, networking is playing an increasingly important role today. In addition to the specially professionally designed social media channels, Facebook, Instagram and Co. can also help with your career. On Facebook, for example, you can join certain groups in which current job offers are regularly posted. You can follow interesting companies on Twitter and Instagram and find out about the latest vacancies. This way you are always up to date and can apply directly as soon as a job offer interests you.
5 tips for a video resume
With a CV in video format, you should pay particular attention to the quality of the video. With a smartphone or a good camera, this is not a problem at all! Once your little video is finished, you can edit it if necessary and then upload it to the desired platform (YouTube, Instagram or a specific job portal). You can now include the link to your video in your cover letter, LinkedIn or another resume.
- THE RIGHT PLACE
You should also give enough thought to the location where you shoot a CV video. An attractive and professional setting is very important. Find a quiet place where no one will disturb you and where the lighting is good. Also, make sure you don’t see anything in the background that you shouldn’t see, such as a chair with clothes or cosmetics on it.
- SHORT AND SWEET
You should try to keep it short. Introduce yourself to your future employer and tell them about your strengths and passions. Tell him what fascinates you about the area you are applying for and what you particularly enjoy. A video resume is a supplement to your regular written resume, so you don’t have to go into detail about your knowledge and skills. The main purpose of the video is to better show your personality. A video CV is particularly useful in creative areas. For example, you could also involve friends or colleagues and ask them to say something about you.
- SELF PRESENTATION
In a video CV you are basically giving a short presentation about yourself. So the way you present yourself is very important. It is also important to prepare yourself well for this. Pay attention to your body language and manner of expression. Face the camera and sit up straight and calm. The focus is on professionalism and self-confidence.
- STAY YOURSELF!
The most important thing, as with almost everything in life, is that you don’t pretend and just be yourself. There’s no point in pretending, because you won’t always be able to maintain this facade. Show your employer directly who you are and stand by it. It is also important for you that you fit the company and the position the way you are. If it fits, then it fits! I wish you success!