Recently I was asked to speak at an event where University students from all over Queensland were coming together to connect with industry and find out about future job prospects.
Students in particular, but generally the mainstream population, still don’t seem to realise how important it is to be aware of what you are posting online to ensure your future employability. In a tough job market like this, it is even more important than ever before.
So if you are a student or looking for a career change (or a parent of a student that is driving you crazy), here are my top 5 tips I presented in my recent presentation.
1) Consider your digital footprint
2) Cover image on Facebook
3) Get a Linkedin Profile
LinkedIn is the number one recruitment tool in America and it is fast becoming the case in Australia. Basically LinkedIn is a resume online, but not only that, it is also a fantastic way for you to network with potential employers or even gain valuable work experience whilst you are still building your career.
Ask people to recommend you on Linkedin with jobs you have done – however seemingly insignificant, and utilise all of the other features of LinkedIn to maximise your profile. If you really want to become a master of this powerful business tool, check out our Linkedin training here.
4) Lose the boring resume
Whilst I appreciate some employers are more conservative than others, there are some great tools that can make your resume look good online and therefore help you to stand out from the pile.
Have a look at a cool tool called Visualize.me. With your LinkedIn profile, you can connect it to Visualize.me and it will instantly create you an awesome looking online resume full of colour with an infographic like design.
A friend of mine in New Zealand that I introduced this free tool to let me know that she thought it was the very reason she was selected for a job. The employer commented on her hire, that she really stood out from the rest, and it was a very clever thing to do.
5) Start blogging or v-logging (video blogging)
6) Start earning money online now and getting yourself a rating
On these sites there is a ratings system where people will say how they found working with you. Make yourself look good online by establishing an account, offering your services, doing a good job and ensuring you get good ratings. Who knows, you may do so well at the freelance thing, you don’t even have to go out and get a job!
I hope you found these tips helpful. I would love to know if you have any other great ways on how to make yourself look good online, for all the right reasons. Please share them below in the comments section.