Look Like You Mean It: Tweak Your Profile to Get Hired
What do you need to do to get hired? Companies and individuals must be looking for certain online profiles, but what do they look for? You can’t seem to get yourself hired or you can't find anything that pays what you know you’re worth. You have the skills and expertise. Your peers are getting hired and they are getting paid well. Why can’t you?
For starters, have you looked at your online profile? Incomplete profiles
There are missteps you should avoid from the get-go and an incomplete online profile is one of them. People looking to hire need to know who you are professionally and the first real way they do that is through your profile.
Your online profile should give potential hirers a good idea of what kind of worker you are and an incomplete profile just doesn’t allow that. It doesn’t take too long to fill in data fields anyway though some job or freelance sites do ask for quite a bit of data. Make the time to get your information out there and get it done as soon as possible so you don’t get tempted to become lazy.
Selfies? Yes? No.
Part of a complete online profile is your photo. While there are debates regarding whether a person’s look should play a part in the hiring process, understand that those looking to hire will base a lot on what they can tell from your photo.
That said, you cannot use just any photo in a professional profile. Selfies on an online job or freelance portal can easily say you’re not serious about the work you do. If you’re a clown, then, by all means, use a humorous photo with a duck face.
Certainly creatives should have fun photos, right? Not really. Some of the most respected artists have very professional-looking photos. They can go wild with their work if their clients ask for it but on their online profile? Quite serious and respectable. Leave the selfies, jump shots & duck faces for your personal social media accounts.
Or maybe not
Your social media profile is still quite important. Indeed, when some people want to check out your “online profile” they look at everything about you existing on the Internet. A human resources person or one-time hirer may find it necessary to have a look at what type of person you are in general and a peek at your social media profile can give a more complete story. They could look at your Facebook account or Twitter feed (at least!) to see what kind of behaviour you may exhibit in different situations or if your opinions on some hot button issues may put them in an awkward situation.
If you want to start being serious about getting more work, ensure that even your social media accounts and photos reflect this. An outing in the beach or a Sunday dinner with loved ones says you value your family. You skydiving says you’re adventurous. Eating in a fancy restaurant says you’re down for the finer things while hole-in-the-wall eateries say you’re open to trying what locals like.
Selfies in a bathroom? Endless selfies? Duck face photos? Not a good idea.
Experience / past work
Hirers need to know what work you’ve done. This is extremely important.
Avoid saying you attended or participated in this or that event. It doesn’t say anything. Being a participant in a seminar or trade fair means you were just somewhere. Doesn’t even mean you listened or did anything.
What hirers need is what you did and the result. It’s best to mention something quantifiable. Did your app mean more revenue? Did the team-building activities you organised result in fewer staff members leaving for greener pastures? Were your language training sessions the reason behind more professionally-written emails adequately addressing customers’ concerns thus resulting in fewer complaints?
What work experience do you talk about though when you just finished school? Whatever you did in activities like projects or events do constitute work experience. Did you organise an event involving classmates? Did you manage the information exchange in any event or project for a group? Were you ever asked to speak on a specific topic? Did you volunteer for any outreach effort? Did you write for the school paper? All these details count.
These are just some of the basic things. Getting a job whether it’s a gig or a more permanent employment does involve more than one’s profile, but it is the first step. It can mean being considered or being rejected outright. You sure you wanna take the risk of not even taking next step?
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