We’ve all heard plenty about how your social-media footprint could cost you that dream job or become a massive distraction at work — but did you know social media also might just be the key to getting hired?
More and more, job hirers and recruiters scour social sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter to find new talent and learn about prospective employees. Here’s the great thing about that: By and large, you control what your online presence looks like and includes.
But that doesn’t only mean thinking twice about photos you post and links you share. The term “social resume” is beginning to gain traction, and refers to digital enhancements to the traditional paper or PDF curriculum vitae.
LinkedIn is likely the first social-resume tool that comes to mind, but other sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr can be just as helpful. There are also services such as ResumeSocial, VisualCV and Razume that offer more options for job seekers.
What can a social resume offer that the old variety can’t? Links to past work, enhanced networking opportunities and instant feedback from recruiters and other job seekers, for starters.
The following infographic from OnlineColleges.com takes a deeper dive into the many benefits of properly leveraging social media in your job search. Check it out below; then offer your own tips in the comments.