Four Resume Formatting Mistakes to Avoid

Four Resume Formatting Mistakes to Avoid

The job market is competitive, and if you are serious about landing a new opportunity, you cannot afford any mistakes. You probably have invested hours tweaking your resume to make it perfect. After all, the best candidates understand that you have to tailor your resume for each position. So, if you want to beat the ATS and get your resume on the hiring manager’s desk, here are four simple resume formatting mistakes to avoid.

Putting your contact details in the header of a document

One of the biggest resume formatting mistakes you can make is not displaying your contact details correctly. Many job seekers make the fatal error of putting their name and contact details in the document’s header. When you put anything in the header of a Word document, it grays out the text and makes it difficult to read. Also, when viewing the resume as an attachment preview in Outlook, the header gets cut off. So, if you are putting your contact information in the header, it is not readily visible for hiring managers. Your name, phone number, and email must be prevalent right off the bat if you want to stand a chance in this market.

Not using a simple format

Another resume formatting mistake that is too common is messy formatting. Complicated formatting can be anything from inconsistent uses of fonts and sizes, colors of your text, and even utilizing different types of bullet points. Although not earth-shattering, these mistakes can draw unnecessary attention away from all of your skill sets and accomplishments.

When you are formatting your resume, it’s best to keep it simple. Use legible fonts, black text, and basic bullet points. Additionally, don’t try to incorporate tables or other weird formatting because an Application Tracking Systems (ATS) may not be able to process it. ATS scans your resume to identify certain skill sets, accomplishments, and keywords hiring managers look for in a candidates’ resume. However, complicated formatting can be challenging for these systems to process. If an ATS cannot read your resume, it’s almost a guarantee it won’t end up in the hiring manager’s hands.

Utilizing visual resume templates

There are thousands of different resume templates available to download for free. Some of them are excellent foundations for a great resume. Others may look visually appealing but are an ATS’s worst nightmare. For example, you can open up a new Word document and quickly browse dozens of free resume templates. Some of them look visually appealing with placeholders for your headshot, graphs for your skills, and other creative designs. However, these designs are too challenging for an ATS to process.

You can be the most qualified candidate with a show-stopping resume, but if an ATS cannot analyze it, it will, unfortunately, get filtered out. Even if these templates look fantastic and you think they will help you stand out, you have to keep an ATS in mind at all times. Don’t be one of the 75% of resumes that a human never reads.

Not using an appropriate file type

One of the simplest resume mistakes you must avoid is submitting the document in an unopenable file type. As a staffing firm, we see this every single day. A candidate submits a resume as an unknown file type or even as an image file. Not only are some of these file types challenging to open, they sometimes alter the formatting and clarity of resumes. The best thing you can do is submit your resume as a PDF. PDFs are a universal file type that almost everyone can easily open, regardless of any computer. Plus, they make it more challenging for someone to accidentally change them and are less likely to carry a virus. You are welcome to make your resume on the program of your choosing, but save it as a PDF to ensure the hiring manager can open it.

Do you need more resume advice?

These are four resume formatting mistakes you can easily avoid to improve your chances of making it to the next level of the hiring process. If you are looking for more advice, we have dozens of free resume resources for you! Take a look at some of these best practices and take your job search to the next level.

Internship Resume Mistakes to Avoid

Internship Resume Mistakes to Avoid

If you are applying for an internship, you are probably hard at work tweaking your resume and getting your application materials up to snuff. For many students, this is their first opportunity with a job in their future line of work. As a result, most job seekers in this situation are new to the labor force and are relatively inexperienced with assembling a bulletproof resume. Here are internship resume mistakes to avoid to propel you through the interviewing process.

Not adding course work and certifications

One of the biggest internship resume mistakes is students or recent grads failing to add relevant course work and certifications. As a young professional, you likely do not have a ton of related work experience to add to your resume. However, you can supplement your lack of experience with relevant coursework and certifications. Add a section below your education section labeled “Relevant Course Work” and list a handful of relevant classes. You can also do this with any projects or certifications that demonstrate your expertise in your field and show hiring managers you have pertinent experience.

Not showing details relevant to the position

When you are crafting your resume, you must tailor it to each position. In today’s competitive labor market for new grads, you have to customize your resume to fit the role you are applying for. That means you have to tweak your work experience details to match the job. Sorry, no more cookie-cutter resumes! You must tailor each resume with tasks, skill sets, and achievements relevant to the job. Even if it’s just a summer job, do your best to add and rephrase responsibilities to complement the job description. Doing so will show hiring managers your interest in the position and illustrate that your experiences and transferrable skills will make you a strong candidate for the position.

Not knowing what’s on your resume

If you put something on your resume, you have to be able to discuss it in an interview. Whether it’s a certification, a project you worked on, or a current class you are in, if it’s on your resume, you better be able to back it up. If you receive a job interview and a hiring manager asks you about something on your resume and cannot intelligently discuss it, that is a huge red flag. A certification or skillset may look fantastic on your resume, but if you cannot discuss it during an interview, it’s best to remove it. Review your resume before your interview and prepare yourself to answer any questions about items you included in it.

Show your personality on your internship resume

Last but certainly not least, you need to let your personality shine through on your internship resume! Hiring managers are, of course, looking at your skills, experiences, and other accolades. However, many of these basic skills can be taught on the job. After all, your education can only teach you so much. Companies are looking at your personality and how you fit on a team just as much as your qualifications. To showcase your personality, add relevant hobbies to your resume, a resume objective, and other details to give them a better idea of who you are as a person. You can also add links to your online portfolio or LinkedIn profile to allow employers to see a glimpse of your personality.

Still looking for resume advice?

These are a few internship resume mistakes to avoid as you prepare for this exciting step in your career. If you are looking for more resume advice, we have hundreds of resume resources to help propel your job search. Take a peek at these helpful tips and tricks, and good luck!

What is a Bridge Job? Should You Consider Taking One?

What is a Bridge Job? Should You Consider Taking One?

Waiting for the right job opportunity can take time. Sometimes it’s only a few weeks, other people may have to wait months, and thanks to the pandemic, some have been waiting for over a year to find the next step in their career. Over time, waiting for the perfect opportunity starts to take its toll. Bills are piling up, and you begin to worry about how an employment gap will look on your resume. As a result, many people are taking on a bridge job as they await a new position that better aligns with their careers. But what is a bridge job, and should you consider taking one during these challenging times?

What is a bridge job?

A bridge job is essentially a temporary job to fill an employment gap. For years, workers have been working bridge jobs, but the pandemic has forced thousands of people to take on a temporary role to get by. Bridge jobs are a temporary means to provide financial support and benefits while someone is actively searching for another position that aligns better with their career. In other words, a bridge job is an option for job seekers to get by while they work for their next permanent career move.

Be tactical with your bridge job selection

A bridge job is a temporary gig to get you through an employment gap. However, it’s best to tactically choose a job that somewhat aligns with your career goals. So, unless your financial situation is critical, try to select a job that matches your career. For example, if you are a seasoned sales professional, select a bridge job in customer service or as a sales associate. Picking a temporary job that aligns with the typical position you would have is a great way to earn a paycheck while gaining some new skill sets related to your career. Choosing a bridge job that compliments your career is the best-case scenario, if possible.

Don’t give up on your job search

Going weeks, months, or even longer without much traction in your job search can be discouraging, but you must keep pushing forward. A bridge job alone cannot lead you to your next opportunity. You must leave time open for your job search to help you find the next step in your career. We are nearing the light at the end of the tunnel. Many employers are preparing to ramp up their hiring efforts and looking for talented workers to add to their teams.

While you patiently await your next opportunity, sign up for job alerts, continue to network, and don’t stop applying. If you are working a temporary job, you will be busy, so it’s essential to work smarter, not harder. Tailor your resume and other job application materials for each position to help you beat the resume bots and get your resume in front of the hiring manager. Also, if you receive a job rejection, ask for feedback. It’s almost impossible to know what you can improve on if you do not ask for feedback.

Consider utilizing a recruiting firm

If you are struggling to find your next employment opportunity, have you considered working with a recruiting firm? Recruiters can help you match your career aspirations with the position you have been searching for. We have relationships with hiring managers across North America, and we are ready to help you go from a bridge job to your dream job. Reach out to us today, and let’s get started together!

How to Reduce Your Job Search Anxiety

How to Reduce Your Job Search Anxiety

Looking for a new job is undoubtedly a stressful endeavor. Add a pandemic with a candidate-saturated market to the mix, and your job search just became a whole lot more challenging. This past year has been a whirlwind for those looking for employment. If you lost your job or were furloughed because of the Coronavirus, this can make you feel anxious. However, during this step in your job hunt, it’s essential to take care of your mental and physical health. Here’s how to reduce your job search anxiety while successfully finding your next opportunity.

Don’t treat your job search like a job

Many job seekers make the fatal error of treating their job search like a full-time job. While there are benefits to having structure and routines to your search, spending 10+ hours a day scouring job boards isn’t beneficial. Creating a schedule is essential to find your next opportunity, but don’t overwork yourself if you are serious about reducing your search stress. Instead of spending all your time finding a new job, work smarter. Sign up for notifications at your favorite job boards, so you don’t feel the urge to refresh them every five minutes. The more time you spend actively reading these job feeds, the more anxious you will feel.

Pro tip: our Talent Network allows you to set up custom job alerts every time a new position meets your qualifications, career goals, and location. Sign up today!

Ask for help when you need it

Another way you can reduce your job search anxiety is ask for help. We understand, looking for a new job, especially while unemployed, puts you in a vulnerable position. But more people than you might think have been in this position before and will understand your situation. If you feel the anxiety starting to take over your job search, reach out to your professional and personal networks. Turn to your family and close friends to ask for advice. Whether that’s just discussing how you are feeling, reviewing your resume, or helping you practice answering common interview questions, your support network is a great place to turn.

Also, start engaging with your professional network to get support from those in your industry or alumni from your school. These are trying times, and your network would be more than happy to help you through this journey. Plus, your professional connections may have some insight on an upcoming job opportunity and can put in a good recommendation for you. Unfortunately, they may not be able to help you if they don’t even know you are searching for a new position.

Don’t get hung up on hearing back right away

Moreover, too many job seekers get hung up on not hearing back after submitting a job application. To mitigate your job search anxiety, you must set realistic expectations. Even if you are the best applicant in the pool, you cannot expect to receive a response instantly. Sitting by your computer or checking your phone every few minutes will only exacerbate your anxiety. Instead, you have to adopt the mentality of “on to the next one.” Realistically, you have no idea when (or if) that employer will reach back out to you. So, instead of dwelling on a single application, move onto the next one. Don’t let one company leave you waiting on the sidelines – the labor market is too competitive for you to wait around for a response.

Ask interviewers for feedback

Another part of the job search process that can fuel your anxiety is job rejection. Most of us have been in this position before – you apply for a job, have a couple of interviews, you get really excited about the opportunity and think it’s an excellent fit, and then you suddenly get that rejection email. It’s a total reality check and can really throw you off. You may be there scratching your head and asking yourself, “what did I do wrong?”

To improve your interviewing skills and application materials, you must request feedback about your performance after a job rejection. How are you supposed to improve if you don’t know where you went wrong? Most interviewers will happily give some feedback to help propel your job search in the future.

If you want to know how to request feedback after job rejection, read our quick guide (with examples) here!

Partner with a professional recruiter

If you are looking to reduce your job search anxiety further, it may be time to work with a recruiting firm. Professional recruiters can help take a lot of the stress away from a job search. As a recruiter, it’s their job to help you find an opportunity that fits your background, skill sets, and career goals. Plus, the top-tier recruiting firms in the industry, like JSG, have exclusive job opportunities that you won’t find on any job board. If this sounds like a solid fit for you, reach out to us today. We have recruiters across North America that are ready to get you back to work.

How to Request Feedback After A Job Rejection

How to Request Feedback After A Job Rejection

Have you ever been turned down after a job interview? It’s a gut punch. Reading that rejection email is one of the worst feelings out there. Most of us have unfortunately experienced this, and it can seriously discourage you during your job search. However, after receiving a job rejection, do you request feedback from the interviewer or HR professional? If not, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to improve your candidacy in the future. Here’s how to request feedback after a job rejection.

Why ask for feedback after a job rejection

Instead of just reading that rejection email, taking a moment to compose yourself, and then moving on to the next, you should request feedback on your interview performance and candidacy. How can you expect to improve your interviewing skills or bolster your application if you don’t know what went wrong? You should always ask for feedback after a job rejection if the interviewer did not provide any. Did you mess up answering an interview question? Did you lack a skill set or qualification? Or did you fail to demonstrate a skill set that is actually in your wheelhouse? If you don’t ask for feedback, you may never know what you can do to improve in the future.

Sometimes it can be challenging to request feedback

It can be challenging to ask an interview for feedback. After a job rejection, you probably feel a little vulnerable and unsure of your talents—rejection stings, especially if you have been unemployed for months or even longer. But if you don’t use rejection as an opportunity to better yourself and hone your interviewing skills, how can you expect a different outcome in the future?

In the words of Barack Obama, “You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.”

How to ask for feedback after a job rejection

While it can be difficult, it is necessary to ask for feedback in order to improve. Each company has a different hiring process, and thus, will reject candidates differently. The way you receive your rejection will also depend on the stage of the interviewing process. For example, if you are passed on after just submitting your application, you will probably get a generic, auto-generated email (if you hear back at all). But if you have an interview or two, you can expect a more personal response.

More than likely, you will receive an email thanking you for your time and that although you were a great candidate, “the company decided to move forward in the process with other candidates at this time.” If you receive this email, you can quickly respond and ask for feedback.

Example response to a rejection email

“Hi [Hiring Manager/HR Name]

Thank you for following up about [position name] and informing me about your decision.

As I continue my job search, I am always looking for ways to improve my interviewing skills and bolster my candidacy. Was there an area you felt like I was lacking or part of the interview you think that I can perform better in the future?

Any feedback you can share would be greatly appreciated and help me enhance my job search, and ultimately, my career.

Thank you for your time and feedback,

[Your name]

Final thoughts

When requesting feedback, you want to keep it short and sweet. Start it off with expressing your gratitude for the interviewer’s time and then asking them to share how you can improve. Thank them again and fire it off. Don’t try to change their mind, argue about your candidacy, or accuse them of anything. They made their decision, and you will just put a bad taste in their mouth if you are bitter about their decision.

You can facilitate this feedback the same way if the interviewer calls you to inform you of their response. If you request feedback in your rejection phone call, their response and advice may even be more specific if it’s fresh in their minds, so please don’t hesitate to ask over the phone!

It can feel awkward to ask for advice after being rejected from a job, but if you don’t ask for input, it will be challenging to know how to improve as a candidate. If you are ready to move on and put your interviewing skills to the test, review our job board today!

How to Tap Into the Hidden Job Market

How to Tap Into the Hidden Job Market

Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of hype about the hidden job market. No, this is not an underground job market where employers list their jobs in secrecy. This market is all of the jobs that employers are not publicly promoting on their websites. These are jobs that can be executive-level roles, jobs for internal candidates, openings to replace a current employee or jobs that are private for other reasons. It’s hard to pin down the total number of jobs in this “hidden” market; however, a survey from Jobvites reveals that 35% found job postings on social media, 50% of respondents heard about jobs from friends, and 37% say they also learn about jobs from professional networks.

In other word’s there are tens of thousands of jobs on this market, and we are going to help you tap into it to find your next career opportunity.

How can you tap into the hidden job market?

There are a few different ways job seekers can access these hidden jobs.

Reach out to your professional network

The first thing you should do to access the hidden job market is leverage your professional network. Head to LinkedIn and let recruiters know that you are open to new job opportunities. You can turn on a setting that signals to recruiters looking for candidates that you are interested in new positions. Once that game-changing setting is active, start reaching out to your network. Have conversations with your current connections, reach out to new people at your dream companies, and engage with others on LinkedIn. Actively post on LinkedIn as well as comment on other’s posts. Join professional groups on LinkedIn and other social media sites to meet professionals in your industry.

Once you start connecting with new people and re-engage with your connections, you will quickly discover some of these “hidden” jobs that you can only find through networking and social media.

Do your due diligence

Besides networking, you can uncover jobs on the hidden job market by doing a little research. Start following companies you are interested in working at on social media, subscribe to their newsletters, and introduce yourself to people at these companies. Employers often share they are hiring on their social media sites and newsletters to help get the word out about new openings. If you are following companies that fit your career goals, you can quickly identify brand new jobs. These aren’t advertised on traditional job boards because they are costly and take time to publish.

Also, once you find a job that sparks your interest, do some research on the hiring manager or others on that team and reach out to them. Send them a personalized LinkedIn request or email and briefly introduce yourself. If you go straight to the horse’s mouth, you can bypass an ATS and get your resume in the hands of those that matter most.

Work with a recruiting firm

Probably the most effective way to tap into the hidden job market is working with a recruiting firm. Recruiters often have exclusive job opportunities – jobs that are not available anywhere else. Employers work with a select group of recruiters that they trust to fill their positions with excellent candidates. Partnering with a recruiter is a sure-fire way to learn about opportunities that are hidden to the public.

At JSG, our recruiters have cultivated strong relationships with our clients. We pride ourselves on our industry expertise and our emphasis on customer service. So, if you are ready to take the plunge, reach out to us today or take a peek at our job board. We want to partner with job seekers like you and help you find the next step in your career.

Why Your Job Search Isn’t Producing Results

Why Your Job Search Isn’t Producing Results

Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut with your job search? If so, you may be one of the 25% of Americans who believe there are no suitable employment opportunities. If you are sitting there scratching your head and wondering why your job search isn’t producing results, it may be time to rethink your strategy. Here are four reasons why your search is not generating the results you are working hard to achieve.

Your job search is too vague

Is your job search broad enough? Many job seekers make the mistake of looking for a similar role with a different company in the same industry. In the post-pandemic labor market, this strategy is not as effective as it once was. Sure, it’s easy and comfortable to transition to a very similar role with a new company. However, some industries are performing better than others in today’s market. In other words, you may need to broaden your job search and tap into industries and employers that are thriving. Use your transferrable skills and apply them to a new position. If your job search isn’t producing results, it’s time to look at expanding your career pursuit.

You are not tailoring your resume

When was the last time you took a deep look at your resume? In today’s market, you cannot simply update your work experience and fire it off for every application. You must tailor your resume for every application. We get it; that sounds like a ton of work. But truthfully, it’s not as challenging as you may think. First, craft an updated resume with all of your latest experiences, achievements, certifications, and skills. Once you have a solid foundation, it’s pretty easy to tailor your resume.

Carefully review the job description and note the most important qualifications or skill sets the employer is looking for. Once you have identified the crucial qualifications, you want to reflect them in your resume. Tweak how you phrase your responsibilities and other details to beat the resume bots (aka an ATS) and land on a hiring manager’s desk. If you aren’t investing in the time to tailor your resume, you likely won’t yield the results you want.

Your networking isn’t effective

If your job search results are a little lackluster, it’s time to kick your networking into high gear. With the lack of in-person networking events, it’s time to turn to LinkedIn and other social media platforms to build your professional network. First of all, head to LinkedIn and let recruiters know you are open to new opportunities. (Work smarter, not harder!) Next, start building connections with those in your desired companies. Connect with people at your targeted companies on LinkedIn by sending them a personalized connection request. Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you wish to connect with them. They are more likely to accept your invitation if you send them a personal message introducing yourself.

You are not tapping into the hidden job market

The hidden job market is essentially all of the jobs that employers are not advertising online. In fact, only 40% of jobs are estimated to be advertised online. You can tap into the other 60% by networking or partnering with a professional recruiting firm, like JSG. Employers often give recruiters exclusive job orders, and thus, you won’t find these jobs on the employer’s website or anywhere else. If you are tired of your job search not producing results, let’s work together. We have hundreds of exciting opportunities across North America. If you are ready to take the next step in your career path, explore our jobs or reach out to us today.

3 Ways To Assess A Company’s Culture During Your Job Search

3 Ways To Assess A Company’s Culture During Your Job Search

Now more than ever, it’s essential to understand a company’s culture before joining their team. According to a report by SHRM, in the last year, one in five Americans left a job due to poor company culture. Additionally, consumers are holding brands accountable. In a recent COVID-19 brand trust report, 90% of people believe brands must do everything they can to protect their employees’ and suppliers’ well-being and financial security. So, it won’t cut it anymore to simply provide a competitive salary. But how can you determine the company’s culture during your job search? Start with these three ways.

Do Your Research

Now, with the presence of social media, it’s easier than ever to get a picture of a company’s culture. Check out their LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Don’t forget to explore employee profiles too! Additionally, browse company reviews on Glassdoor or Google to get an idea of what past and current employees think. (Just remember to take reviews with a grain of salt!) And, if any red flags come up, be sure to address them during your interview.


If you go in person for an interview, be sure to observe everything around you. Do the other employees seem friendly and happy to be at work? What does the office look like? You want to keep an eye out for how people are dressed, office cleanliness, and updated equipment. As you observe, try to picture yourself as an employee. Does it seem like a place you could see yourself working?

Ask The Right Questions

When the interviewer turns it back around to you, have a couple of great questions at the ready. You want to go beyond the obvious, “what’s the company culture here?” in order to paint a complete picture of the team and company culture. Here are a few of our favorites (and what to listen for in an answer):

Tell Me About A Recent Team Win.

When the interviewer answers this question, you want to hear them celebrate wins, both big and small. Additionally, a hiring manager should give recognition to the team members involved.

How Does The Department Handle Conflict?

Conflict is bound to come up in team environments. However, it’s all about how the leadership handles it. Ideally, they will have a process in place to address inner-team conflict. The answer you don’t want to hear is, “we don’t have conflict.” Chances are, they are avoiding it, or team members don’t feel comfortable sharing any conflicts with their manager!

Are There Opportunities For Development?

Development opportunities are a great indicator of a supportive and encouraging work culture. If companies give their employees the chance to grow their skills and move up in the company, they will invest in your success.

In the end, there’s actually quite a bit you can learn from about a company’s culture from the outside. You just have to know what to look for! Another great way to understand company culture is to partner with a recruiting firm like Johnson Service Group. We have exclusive relationships with hiring managers and get all of the insider information that you need. Ready to get started? Explore our jobs or contact a recruiter today!

How to Find A Recruiter That's Right for You

How to Find A Recruiter That’s Right for You

As of February 2021, job openings rose to a two-year high. As we proceed to recover from the toll of the pandemic, job creation will continue to boom through 2023, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon. With the U.S. economy adding 916,000 jobs in March, the market is quickly becoming competitive. To beat out your competition and secure a job that satisfies your career goals, it may be wise to partner with a recruiting firm. If you are looking to make a move over the next couple of months, here is how to find a recruiter that can make it happen.

Ask for recommendations

If you are wondering where you should look to find a recruiter, ask for recommendations. Do you know anyone that recently worked with a recruiting firm? Ask them about their experience! If nobody comes to mind, ask your professional network on LinkedIn or even your more personal connections on your other social media profiles. Asking for recommendations is a simple way to get some advice from those that you know and trust. Hopefully, this will lead to some solid suggestions and help you avoid some of the not-so-great recruiters.

Search online and check online reviews

After you requested some recommendations, it’s time to do your own due diligence. Head to Google and do a few searches of recruiting firms that specialize in your industry or area of expertise. Once you have found a few that look like a good fit, check out some of their reviews. There are a handful of reliable sites to read reviews on potential recruiting firms. Glassdoor, Indeed, testimonials on the company website, and even Google are all easy places to research different recruiters. Checking online reviews is a surefire way to get some input from others’ experiences and make an educated decision yourself. Just remember, like any other product or service, to take some reviews with a grain of salt.

Let the recruiters come to you

If you want to work smarter and not harder, let the recruiters come to you! Head over to your LinkedIn profile and ensure you are letting recruiters know you are open to new opportunities. There is a setting you can activate on your profile that signifies that you are open to hearing about new jobs. If you have this setting turned on, recruiters can easily find your profile to share new opportunities with you! Plus, you can add a nice profile picture banner that visually shows you are “#OpentoWork” and actually lets you pick your ideal positions. It’s that easy! If you want to find a recruiter, turn on this fantastic setting and let them come to you.

If you want to show recruiters that you are open to work on LinkedIn, here’s how to turn this on.

Ready to get started?

These are the three easiest ways to find a great recruiter that can help you make a career transition happen. If you are ready to get started, we are here to help. JSG has over 35 years of industry expertise with thousands of happy candidates across North America. If you are looking for a solid recruiter that cares about your career success, reach out to us today or take a quick look at our job board.

5 Ways To Prep Your Social Media For A Job Search

5 Ways To Prep Your Social Media For A Job Search

Social media has become an essential part of our modern-day lives. It’s how we express ourselves and connect with others. Additionally, it can be a make or break factor in your job search. According to Careerbuilder, more than half of hiring managers have found content on social media that has caused them not to hire a candidate. While this statistic can be intimidating, don’t let it deter you from social media altogether! Forty-seven percent of hiring managers say they are less likely to call a candidate for an interview if they can’t find them online at all. So, it’s all in how you navigate it. Start by prepping your social media for a job search in these five ways.

Privatize your non-professional profiles

Any social media account that you use exclusively for personal use should be private. Go through each profile and make everything private while still keeping them active. Pick an appropriate profile picture so that if they search for you, your potential employer can match a face to a name. To test out your privacy settings, try Googling yourself in an incognito window.

Update your professional profiles

Your job search is the perfect time for your professional social media profiles to shine. As a result, it’s essential that you have them updated. LinkedIn is an obvious first stop. Detail your current skills, past positions, and career goals. Then, consider other social networks that may be beneficial to your job search. These could include professional portfolios on Instagram, Google reviews, or any other sites relevant to your industry.

Engage with the right content

Now that you have your professional profiles up to snuff, it’s time to put them to work. Find and share relevant industry content, posts from prospective employers, and examples of your work on social media. This will ensure that when an employer sneaks a peek at your profiles, they’ll see that not only are your qualifications a match but also that you are engaged and passionate about what you do.

Add relevant social media links to your resume

Finally, add any relevant social links to your resume. You should do this for professional profiles only. Your future employer doesn’t need a link to your (now private) Facebook profile! Include links to your LinkedIn, Instagram portfolio, or other professional sites right along with your contact information. Be sure to make these active links as most resumes are reviewed online nowadays!

Grow your network

Last, but not least, grow your professional network. Seek out people who work for your dream companies and send them a personalized connection request. Let them know who you are and why you’re seeking connection. It’s key to avoid asking for any favors upfront. Instead, lead with what you can offer.

Make social media work for you, not against you during your job search. Partner with a JSG recruiter to find your next position, and we’ll help make sure you are poised for success on and offline!