Expert advice: Do your social media profiles affect employability?

shutterstock_175661123As part of our Sunday Series, every week we bring you a new expert advice column to make the most of your life in Abu Dhabi. This week, Chris Greaves, managing director at Hays Gulf Region, discusses how your social media profiles can influence your employability. 

Social media is an essential factor to securing a job in today’s employment market. Hiring managers and recruiters use it to gather insightful information about prospective employees including the types of workplace you thrive in, your values, personal skills and attributes, and the overall likelihood of you being successful in their organisation.

The most widely used social media platform for this research by recruiters is LinkedIn. For job seekers, it is an easily accessible tool that allows you to search latest available jobs, as well as learn a great level of information about different organisations.

For recruiters, it is an increasingly important means to headhunting employees by identifying the experience, skills and qualifications individuals have, relevant to a specific job.

It is important that job seekers complete as many of the fields within their profile as possible, while making sure that the detail is concise and relevant to your job search.

Beyond LinkedIn, hiring managers will often browse more informal social media platforms to check that the messages portrayed outside of work match an individual’s professional profile.

As such, job seekers should review every aspect of their online presence and share only that which they are happy for an employer to see.

Be aware that companies are not only looking for skilled individuals to join them, they are looking for people who are responsible and dependable both inside and outside of work.

For more information from Chris, and guidance on job searching and job posting from Hays, visit: hays.ae

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