It’s common for companies to actively search for prospective employees, even if the company has stacks of applications and resumes from eager candidates.
Employers want people who are excellent at what they do and who might not look to switch employers but can be persuaded if conditions are right.
Some of the best job offers can come from this “head-hunting,” so it’s important to make yourself “findable” online.
Stay active online
Your social media presence should be up-to-date and positively reflect you and your abilities. If potential employers look at your professional LinkedIn profile, it’s likely they’ll also head to Instagram to see what you posted there.
For this reason, keep your social media private if it’s intended only for friends and family, especially if your lighthearted nature might be misinterpreted by potential employers.
Keep your information up to date elsewhere online too. That includes any professional or alumni organizations to which you belong. Stay active in online forums and chat groups because these can also ensure your name is seen by the right people.
Offer your resume
Post your resume online, even if you don’t actively seek new employment. Some companies use software designed to find appropriate resumes online. So even if a human doesn’t look for your resume, there’s a chance a computer program might.
Know your info is out there
Online privacy isn’t what it once was. Don’t be shocked if the hiring manager of your dream job stumbles upon your stellar resume right alongside your political rants and spring break photos.
Consider everything you post online to be accessible to just about anyone, and post accordingly.