By Autumn McReynolds, Employment Branding Sourcing Manager
Did you know we receive nearly 20,000 applications every month for our management opportunities at Sodexo USA? As the competition in the job market remains high, there are many small improvements that job seekers can make to help themselves stand out. And while social networking activities are not the only component of an effective job search, they certainly cannot be ignored either.
Here are a few common situations I’ve noticed recently that can impact your ability to land a new job, as well as adjustments you can make right now:
Situation 1: You actively use social networks to follow and connect with potential employers but don’t indicate your industry or that you’re looking for a job.
Whether you know it or not, recruiters often find candidates by conducting searches on Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more. While you may be extremely qualified, lack of search-friendly terms on your profiles will make it difficult for you to be found.
Solution: Include your current or most recent job title in your social networking bios. If you’re openly searching, don’t be afraid to include something like, “available for hire” or “actively seeking new career opportunities” as well. Tweet This
Situation 2: You have social networking profiles set up but are concerned about privacy, so you keep your information on lockdown.
It’s true that privacy can be a concern in the digital age, but educating yourself and staying up to date on changes to your account settings will make it easier to protect your personal information while still making valuable connections online.
Solution: Research privacy policies and settings for each platform to determine how you can actively network without sacrificing your safety. For example, you can select a different audience for each post on Facebook, which allows you to share certain information with your close family and friends and other posts with the public so recruiters can learn more about you and contact you with relevant opportunities. Tweet This
|Facebook offers a variety of settings to help users manage their privacy.|
Situation 3: You’ve searched and applied for positions but aren't taking advantage of company-provided resources.
This may sound obvious but all jobs and companies are not created equally. Every employer will have a different hiring process with varying expectations, so it’s critical to understand what you’re applying for and how you can stand out.
Solution: If you’re currently seeking a job at Sodexo USA, utilize the Network With Us page to access discipline-specific careers sites, tips for being successful on the careers blog and a link to join our Talent Community, where you can set up job alerts and share your most up-to-date resume. Tweet This
Situation 4: Your job search has taken longer than you expected, and your frustration overshadows your accomplishments in conversations with professional connections and recruiters.
Whether you’re currently unemployed or looking to make a career move, the process of searching, applying and interviewing for jobs can be challenging, but don’t let it get you down because your attitude and the way you present yourself can make or break your ability to get hired.
Solution: Take advantage of any opportunity you can to learn from your mistakes and improve yourself for the future. Being rejected from a job isn't personal. There can only be one best qualified candidate for every opening, so stay positive when asking for advice and assistance because it won’t go unnoticed. Tweet This
As you continue to seek new career opportunities, I hope you will be able to apply some of these tips today. If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section below or send a tweet to @SodexoCareers.