It can’t be denied that we are in a very social media-oriented world these days – indeed, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a whopping 91% of online adults aged 16-24 use social networks.

However, while social media undoubtedly brings you many opportunities to present yourself to great advantage when seeking science jobs, it also brings very real risks to your online reputation.

We’ve probably all heard stories about that relative, friend or friend of a friend who lost or struggled to get a job due to that controversial tweet or compromising Facebook photo. So, can you do to ‘clean up’ your social media presence for job seeking?

Take more control over profile privacy

The most popular social networks tend to offer all manner of settings for controlling the privacy of what we share. However, many of us simply leave the settings at their defaults, not realising how much we might be sharing with the whole world. 

Facebook makes it easy for you to check how public your profile content is – just head to your profile, click the ‘...’ at the top and then select ‘View As...’ to see what your profile looks like to a random viewer. You may find yourself shocked and hastily deleting cringeworthy past posts.

As for future content you post, it’s a good rule of thumb to presume everything you share will be public unless you have altered the settings – whether on an account or post-by-post basis – to restrict its audience.  

Pay particular attention to your photos

Research reported in the Daily Mail found that “unflattering photographs” topped the list of Britons’ common Internet regrets, followed by “raucous, drunken photos”.

The 2,000 social media users quizzed by Custard Online Marketing also admitted to thinking twice about “vain selfies”, “photos of me, doing things I shouldn’t have done” and “photos of me in skimpy clothing/underwear”.

If all of the above suggests anything, it’s that we certainly care about how the images we share online affect how others perceive us. If that’s the case, you can certainly expect science recruitment agencies and employers to care about how your own image would reflect on them, so you should take the time to monitor your photos.

While it is often now possible on social media to control other people’s ability to tag you in photos, that doesn’t mean the photos don’t exist. So if you see an image that you wish to have removed, ask the person who posted it or get in touch with that social network’s support team.

Regularly Google yourself

You can almost guarantee that someone – whether a potential employer, friend, family member or acquaintance – has Googled your name in the past. What will a science employer see if they Google your name right now? Is there anything – including in the video and images sections – that might deter them from giving you an offer?

This is why you should routinely Google yourself to ensure that your online presence remains squeaky clean, not least as there may be content posted about you on other social networks.

Again, if you see something that might not be acceptable, you may be able to have it removed simply by appealing to whoever first posted it. On other occasions, that may not be possible, but there’s no harm in trying.

With one People Management report suggesting that about a third of employers have rejected candidates on the basis of their social media profile, it’s clear that this isn’t an aspect of your online presence you can overlook.

While cleaning up your social media presence, it’s also vital to ensure you have the right science recruitment agency by your side to assist you with your job search. Contact Hyper Recruitment Solutions now about our Candidate Commitment that outlines what we can do to help you find your dream science role.  

It seems almost impossible these days to avoid social media, and indeed, many of us - particularly the Millennials who have grown up around smartphone and tablet communication - routinely use social networks for both personal and professional purposes.

However, while 73% of 18 to 34-year olds found their last job through social media, it's also true that 94% of recruiters either already use social networks for recruiting or plan to do so.

That makes it extremely important for those hunting for science jobs - in sectors ranging from biology and chemistry to pharmacology and immunology - to have a social media profile that says the right things about their professional self.  

The big difference made by social media to your job search

It's been a long time since LinkedIn was the only social media platform used for professional purposes, with Facebook and Twitter by no means merely the homes of amusing cat pictures or frivolous celebrity tweets.

The truth is that, whatever social media platforms you are active on - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and/or various others - everything that you say on them contributes to your overall 'employee brand'.

That means even those rants about late-running trains or annoying relatives count - and they don't necessarily reflect well on you. Even worse, however, is when your professional life is the subject of those rants - with those tweeting about a bad day at work risking the loss of their job.

Focus on LinkedIn - but not exclusively

While it is important to pay attention to everything that you say across all of your social media accounts - just like the most eagle-eyed recruitment agencies will be doing when considering your candidacy - the most attractive LinkedIn profile is a particular must-have.

After all, from a professional point of view, LinkedIn remains the most important social network, with 48% of recruiters making it their sole focus for social outreach. Some employers have been completely ditched CVs in favour of LinkedIn recruiting.

So, remember to complete your LinkedIn profile as much as possible, ensure that you refer to the same job title across all of your social communications and always challenge the appropriateness of whatever content you post.

The stakes are high in today's social media world

Being professional may be easier on LinkedIn, but on less career-oriented social platforms, it is much easier to suffer those all too common lapses that may cost you the chance of your dream role - perhaps without you even knowing.

Do you want to ensure that you are in the best position possible to compete for the very best jobs in 2016?

If so, explore the different fields that we cover, read about our complete Candidate Commitment and get in touch with our experts here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions today. 

LinkedIn is one of those social networks that many of us have always been at least dimly aware of - not least as we may have had friends already on the platform sending us an email invitation to 'connect' with them. However, we might not necessarily be very well-versed in it.

The truth is, LinkedIn can be an invaluable tool in your search for science jobs, not least in light of the tendency for professional opportunities to come through contacts at least as often as through applications to openly advertised vacancies.

How to get started with a great profile

As is the case with other social networks, you can expect to be most rewarded on LinkedIn when you complete your profile as fully as possible. That begins with uploading a photo of yourself, so be sure to make it smart, friendly and professional looking.

You will also be asked to provide a headline to your profile that is much like the personal statement that you may include on your CV. The best profile headline will probably refer in some way to your exact science field - such as biotechnology, medical or pharmaceutical - along with a more specific skill or area of expertise.

There's also space in your LinkedIn profile to provide a more detailed summary of yourself, along with similarly in-depth information on your experience, education, skills and expertise.

Then, it's all about connecting with people!

LinkedIn is not designed to be a passive platform - it has been conceived with proactive business networking in mind, so don't be afraid to get connecting.

That process may initially be as simple as using the search function to find present colleagues or people who you have previously worked with. However, it could be easily extended to searching for HR contacts at companies that you would like to work for, or searching for those already working in the kind of science jobs to which you aspire.

Once you have 'connected' with someone (the LinkedIn equivalent of 'adding a friend'), visit their profile and check out the 'People also viewed' box for more potentially fascinating contacts, including both individuals and employers. You might also investigate past companies that each of your contacts has worked for.

The more LinkedIn connections you have, the larger your network will be and therefore, the more opportunities you will potentially be able to expose yourself to.

Keep exploring LinkedIn for opportunities

The aforementioned, in a nutshell, is how to use LinkedIn, although you should also be aware of the interest groups and discussions that you can join, as well as the various other fascinating functionalities that are being continually introduced to the platform. Invest in a paid Premium account, and you will be able to stand out even further from the crowd.

While LinkedIn is not necessarily the last word in business networking even in today's heavily social media-oriented age, it can nonetheless make an immense difference to your chances of turning the heads of the right science recruitment professionals and even nabbing that dream role in energy, telecommunications, food/FMCG or another science or technology role. 

In a bid to connect employers and job hunters via Twitter the UK’s first Twitter Job Fair took place this week on Tuesday 24th February at the Twitter Headquarters in London - and I was lucky enough to be involved.  

The Twitter Job Fair 2015 initiative made careers-related advice and news accessible to Twitter users all over Europe. The concept was first launched last year in Germany and was very successful. This year the Twitter Job Fair was held several European countries, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands.

 

 

The UK’s Twitter Job Fair, worked with over 50 businesses in the UK including L’Oreal, John Lewis, GSK, Nestle and British Gas. These well recognised companies along with key careers spokespeople gave UK tweeters the opportunity to seek careers advice, find out about job vacancies, get job application/interview tips and ask careers-related questions using the dedicated #YourJob.

 

My thoughts

Confidence in the job market right now is higher than it has been pre recession. So with confidence in the market more employers are hiring and more people are switching jobs. The Twitter Job Fair was a great way to show people how to use tools readily available to maximise their chances to look for jobs and assess their future career. As somebody who runs a recruitment business and has been in extremely competitive application and interview processes, it was great to be able to share career tips, advice and my experience and knowledge of how businesses are using Twitter to recruit. There were some great questions!

 


What are the benefits of using Twitter?

  • Provides people with the opportunity to communicate directly with a wide range of companies and services for information
  • Allows people to engage with businesses and potential employees, and find out more
  • Smaller companies are able to reach new and varied potential employees that they wouldn’t normally have been able to communicate with through traditional channels (print, TV, radio)
  • A quick and simple way to share news and discuss shared passions with like-minded people
  • A great way to raise your business and personal profile and is the quickest way to get the message out about you or your company and it's absolutely FREE!

With more and more recruiters posting vacancies on a daily basis, Twitter users in the UK and across the world are embracing the digital platform as an alternative way of seeking employment. So if you haven’t already signed up, make sure you do! The process is very straightforward, all you need to create an account is an email address and a password, and you’re ready to go! Your dream job is probably being tweeted at this very moment. So what’s stopping you?

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for a science job, technology job or engineering job, make sure you visit our Twitter page @Hyperec_HRS  our recruiters are always busy posting the all the latest vacancies.

And just to prove using Twitter really can help with your career, our very own Marketing Officer found her job at here Hyper Recruitment Solutions through our Twitter page!

If you missed out here is the timeline from my Q&A session: https://twitter.com/TwitterUK/timelines/570277201275551744

 

Our biggest prize draw ever, starts 29 November 2013!

You probably already know about our weekly giveaways on Twitter…our prizes are usually connected to the wondrous worlds of science and technology (well we try!).

To celebrate the holiday season, we are giving away something different! Next month we are giving away a Ferrari versus Aston Martin driving experience courtesy of Red Letter Days. The prize draw will be open for just under one month starting 29 November 2013. It’s free to enter and all you need is a Twitter and Facebook account! For your chance to win, simply keep an eye out for the Ferrari versus Aston Martin Driving prize draw tweets on my twitter account - @Rickymartin247

 

 

About the prize…

  • Get an initial briefing and learn new driving techniques
  • Take the driving seat of a stunning Ferrari
  • Enjoy driving an iconic Aston Martin (DB9 or V8 Vantage)
  • Race these amazing supercars at any number of British circuits

  

 

So how can you enter?

To enter, you will need to RT one of the giveaway tweets starting with *GIVEAWAY* from @Rickymartin247's Twitter account. These messages will be tweeted every Friday for the next few weeks, starting on 29 November 2013. Then, simply follow @Hyperec_HRS on Twitter and ‘Like’ our company Facebook page. Yes, it is that simple!

The prize draw opens 29th November 2013 and closes 23rd December 2013, one winner will be selected at random. T’s and C’s apply, click here for more details

The winner will be announced Monday 23 December 2013.

Don’t have a Twitter account yet? Don’t panic, you can set one up here it’s easy! New to Facebook? Don't worry, you can set up too, just click here!


Meanwhile…are you searching for a new job in the fields of science and technology?

Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking for a position in a laboratory, factory or in the office, HRS can assist in finding the right job for you. To make your search easier, don’t forget to download the HRS Jobs App - it's FREE what's more, you can do all this whilst on the move!  The app has been specifically designed to help you identify the current jobs in the market place. The vacancy filter feature enables you to search for suitable roles baed on your sector, location, skills and salary. In addition, gain access to useful CV tips and advice and find out what to expect at an interview and most importantly, how to prepare for it.

We look forward to working with you!

 

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