But fixing it is easier than you think.
When my friend Leanne was looking for a new role in the heady world of print journalism, she couldn’t work out why her dream job wasn’t falling in her lap.
She applied for a bunch of roles through SEEK, but was overlooked time and time again.
Eventually, she asked for feedback and found out why: Her CV was pretty kick-arse, but she hadn’t bothered with shining up her LinkedIn profile. That meant that her Twitter and Instagram accounts were packed with pics of her dog and the superfood salad she ate last Tuesday — so they didn’t really scream ‘profesh writer woman looking for a new job.’
Leanne also didn’t realise was that the vacancies she had set alerts up for on SEEK had actually appeared on Facebook, Twitter and sometimes even Instagram a good few days before the job sites.
What Leanne learned is that harnessing the power of the social can be a great way to maximise your chance at finding your dream job as it happens AND showcasing just how flipping incredible you really are.
Wondering how to do it? Fret not – we’ve got you covered.
1. Suss out and sort your LinkedIn In profile.
If you’re not on LinkedIn, then you’re a losing in the self-promotion stakes. With 90 million registered users, it’s an employment behemoth that not only showcases your experience but also allows you to search for relevant vacancies and connect with those in your industry.
Updating your LinkedIn profile doesn’t have to be a complicated process. A clear and concise rundown of your CV, a great (and relatively professional) profile picture and the beginnings of a relevant network are the basics you need in place.