Working and job hunting from home
Get the latest advice on job hunting and getting ahead in today’s changed world of work.
Due to technological developments our way of working is constantly evolving. Work is becoming ever more connected, digital and flexible. Within this context social media has assumed great importance.
Business networks are actively used by many companies when looking for new personnel.
For anyone who is actively visible as a prospective candidate, his or her behaviour and contributions to discussions will decide whether or not they come across as a good potential employee. Around 70 per cent of companies check potential candidates against how they have presented themselves on the Internet and via contact networks such as Google and social media.
With LinkedIn you have another avenue for building a global network of professional business contacts. The same rules as XING also apply here. Make sure that new contacts cannot automatically see your existing contacts. Ensure that you avoid spelling errors and carefully consider how posting company news and information or status updates may impact on others.
Make sure you include the right company terms and job titles. And only use a professional photograph for your profile. Otherwise, should a company compare your application documents with your social media presence, this can lead to possible inconsistencies. In XING, you may find company updates interesting and / or share these with your direct contacts. Join one of the many groups on XING and you can be acknowledged as a competent and well-informed influencer and thus highlight your expertise.
As a platform with a decidedly social character, Facebook really only has a limited usefulness for business activities. Primarily, Facebook is a social meeting point heavily marked by infotainment (information + entertainment). This can include, for example, for news, photo galleries, cartoons and videos. However, make sure you thoroughly check out the Facebook page for your dream company before you go to interview with them. Companies often use this social media platform for their digital corporate communications. In addition to company news and features, you can often find valuable background information that provides a first glimpse into everyday company life and the company's philosophy.
News and current events from around the world dominate on Twitter. Have you ever tried to write a 140-character comment or "tweet" before? The motto here is "Keep it short and sweet". You can participate in discussions about current economic issues or make comments, known as "tweets", including appropriate hashtags (#), which help categorise comments.
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