10 Questions Nigerian JobSeekers Must Ask Before Their Next Social Media Update.

 

It is a great thing that social media has given us the opportunity to connect with friends, stay in touch with families etc. However, the sheer abuse of social media updates/profiles is appalling.

From nude pictures to toilet selfies, drunk images and “breakfast tinz”, yet 65% of Hiring managers agree that they check applicants social media profiles “to see if he/she presents him/herself professionally.

51% also check [on Social media ]if the applicant is a good fit for company culture.

Source: internship.com

it is therefore important to understand that as a job seeker, some of these updates could end up hurting your Job search.

Below are the top 10 questions every Nigerian job seeker must ask before posting a facebook status or tweet.

1. Are my social media profiles a true representation of me?

2. Will a prospective employer be happy to employ me after checking my profile?

3. What image does my social media profile project about me?

4. Is this update relevant to my audience? Will this update benefit my audience?

5. Am I ready for the consequences of this update?

6. Are my privacy settings right?

7. Do I want the whole world to know what I’m about to post?

8. Will I be proud of this update in years to come? Will this update cause any problems for me now or in future?

9. Will I be comfortable discussing this in my next job interview?

10. Am I posting this under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

Those are the “10 Questions Nigerian Jobseekers Must ask before their Next Social media update. Meanwhile, You can follow me on twitter @phemyte to continue the conversation or #SMJobSearchTips for Social Media Job Search Tips.

Question: What Comes to your mind just before you post on your favorite social media platform?

4 Stupid Ways Your Social Media Profile is Ruining Your Job Search

 

1. You Are Not Using Your Real Name.

There’s a new fad (not really new) on social media now that I think is annoying and an Achilles heel  to thousands of job seeking youths in Nigeria. It’s the stupid fad of name transliteration. I see a lot of people changing  their names just because they want to look trendy stupid. You see people change OLAMIDE TO HORLARMEDAY, OLUWASEYI TO HOELUWHASHAYEE, AJAYI TO HARJAYEE. While this may thrill you at the moment, it is the Trojan horse that will sabotage your job search in the nearest future. Imagine a certain Olamide Oluwaseyi invited for an interview. During the course of the interview, the interviewer asks for his Facebook page because he couldn’t  find it. Olamide then starts trying to spell his version of his name as Horlarmeday. How does that portray your personality?

2. You Don’t Know How To Use Social Media As A Job Seeking Tool.

Social media is here to stay, whether we like it or not. Facebook has over 11 million active users and  twitter has over 6 million active Nigerians users That is a huge lot of people. Every serious business is getting on social media to reach more people. When they need more hands on desk, their first port of call is social networking sites. As a job seeker, you need to know How To Use Social media to Land Your Dream Job in Nigeria. Tap into this wonderful resource and use it to your advantage. Follow the companies you’d like to work with on twitter, like them on Facebook, follow job-sites on these sites, e.g. jobbermandotcom, nigerianjobsonline. You might get lucky.

3.  You Have Not Branded Yourself.

So many people don’t know why they are on social media. Neither do they see themselves as a brand. Yet the truth is; not only blue chip companies have brands, every single person on planet earth has a brand. It is how you want to be perceived and what you want to be known for. Each time you see the color yellow, what comes to your mind? MTN abi? Good. When you see the phrase “everywhere you go” MTN comes to mind. When you see the Big elephant First bank comes to mind (chai! see free advert). As these companies have built their brands, so are you a brand too. Are your social media profiles a true representation of you? Will a prospective employer be happy to employ you after checking your profile?  What image does your social media profile project about you?

4. Your Updates Are Trash:

It is now so common on social media sites for users to tweet nudes for follow backs or to trend a particular topic e.g. #worldcleavageday from hate tweets, tweetfights and nude pictures, many jobseekers are shooting themselves in the leg with their social media updates. don’t be surprised when you go for job interviews and your interviewer pulls off a nude picture of you.

Conclusion
Social media sites can be fun and interesting. You can go ahead and bash the governor of your state, abuse the president, tweet your nudes. Just remember the internet never forgets.

You can follow me on twitter @phemyte

Question: Has Social Media affected your job search negatively? How? Use the comment box to share your experience.

How To Use #Twitter to Land A Job of Your Dream in Nigeria

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If you are job seeker and you don’t know what twitter is, or how to use it as a job search tool, you must be from the stone age.

Twitter is an such amazing site and I love it because of its freshness. As a social media enthusiast/strategist, I get a lot of ideas from twitter, up to date information, instant response and breaking news etc. In fact I’m fond of saying, if its not on twitter, its not news. However, these are not the only things twitter is used for.

As a job seeker, twitter is a place to explore for career opportunities. This is because employers know they can reach a wider audience on the site. Various blogposts abound on the net on how to use twitter for your job search. But very few go beyond, profile tweaking with certain keywords and hash tags. While these may help, a job seeker needs to do more than profile tweaks and interconnected social platforms. This article aims to introduce the job seeker to practical surefire tips on landing the desired job via twitter.

Twitter Search.
Twitter search is an excellent tool for job seekers. If you are really serious about your job search, this tool should be your best friend.

Job search Keywords.
For job seekers on twitter, you need to understand the power of keywords. Keywords are specific words that describe what you are looking for. An example of a keyword is “vacancies”. Typing “vacancies” in twitter search brings up various tweets with the word vacancies in them. Although vacancies is a broad keyword and will only bring tweets with vacancies in them. You can narrow down your search with other keywords or phrases to streamline your search. To get these keywords or phrases, you need to think like an employer. What vocabularies would an employer use? If you were seeking to employ, what words would you use? Exactly! Employers use words like vacancies, employment opportunities, etc. These are the exact words you need to use as search queries.

You can also refine your search to your taste. You can refine searches by location, career etc
For example if you are looking for a job in lagos. You can type “employment opportunities + lagos.”

Job opportunities + location