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There’s no escaping social media these days. Whether you use it for you career or not, you need to consider the implications of what could be decades of historical data available online about you. That fan blog you wrote when you were at school for example, or some outdated jokes exchanged with friends from the late noughties. We have talked about using Linked In to help get a job, but it is important you do not overlook other social media platforms as an active job seeker. All social media, used correctly can be great for job seekers. It could, however, be costing you interview opportunities. Recruiters and potential employers may actively search for applicants on social media when they are reviewing your CV so if you have an online presence, you need to make sure it is working in your favour with a social media audit. Read on to find out what you can do to give your social media the once over.

Five Tips For Optimising Your Social Media Presence:

 

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#1 Check Google

You may not think you have much of an online presence but you might be mentioned or tagged elsewhere, or perhaps you have an old profile somewhere you have forgotten about. Google your name and social media handles and remove any information you do not want public. Try setting up a free Google alert to let you if you turn up somewhere in the future. 

#2 Privacy Settings Vary

Privacy settings vary from platform to platform, and are subject to change. If you are a job seeker or not it is a good idea to make sure you are up to date on what 'public' and 'private' means across your networks and what can be seen on your profile from outside your direct connections. Click here for a great article on how to protect your privacy settings online:

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#3 Be Consistent

Once you have established what is visible, you need to make sure there is consistency with the profile you have created in your job application and the profile that is visible in a search of your name. Make sure there are no obvious differences in basic information and, if you have time, you could think about sharing some content that is relevant to the job you are seeking or to support your interests and skills. 

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#4 Be Mindful

Be mindful of how you might sound to potential employers when commenting. Try to get involved in conversations on Linked In or Facebook groups that are relevant to your field, but always time to consider your responses. Avoid political commentary or bad-mouthing previous co-workers or employers – jokes can be highly subjective so be aware of how things might sound out of context! 

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#5 Keep it Simple

Don't try and cultivate two or three entirely different identities. Simplicity is key and sometimes just making sure you are on top of your privacy settings is enough to keep your professional persona safe. Maybe you don’t use social media, or you are a social spectator, not posting anything yourself.  This is certainly the safest option. However, you may want to make sure you are demonstrating the character and skills you want to put across for your job search, in the digital world especially, you might find no online presence would be detrimental to your job search.  Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

Time to Put it Into Practice

The truth is that there is no one size fits all answer and it depends on the type of job you are looking for, the role, the level of seniority and ultimately your preference and interest in managing your information in the ways above. Start by googling yourself and go from there! For the latest in digital jobs and tips for improving your chances of success, make sure you check out Dot Gap jobs and blog pages.  

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LinkedIn is undoubtably the number one online social networking site in the world. It is not industry specific, and with its global reach there is nearly no end to the potential connections you can make. In an ongoing climate of uncertainty with to face to face meetings, a booming global jobs market, and virtual networking it has become invaluable. Here’s some of our top reasons you should be using it, whether you are actively looking for work, wanting to learn more about your industry, or progress in your current position.   

Share and Learn With Your Peers

Not only is LinkedIn a great place to network, it is a great source of information. You can find articles written by some of the top thought leaders in industries around the world and join groups related to your work to learn and share. Reading articles and asking questions can be a really easy way to keep up to date with the latest trends in, and related to, your industry. Another great new addition to LinkedIn are the skill assessments you can take to earn a certificate to add to your profile to show your proficiency. For a full list  click here.

Ready Made CV  

LinkedIn can work for you as a CV or resume template. There are, however, pros and cons to this. Filling in your LinkedIn profile is a simple enough process but it can be fairly time consuming. There are a lot of sections and you need to fill them all in in order to have a chance at being found. When you've done this though, you'll have a personal statement, basis for a cover letter and a full list of your job history, experience, and skills all completed and easily updated. To further this, you can get involved with conversations on industry topics and post your own thoughts and articles to show your interests inside and outside your profession. In need of some inspiration? Check out some examples of great linked in profiles here

A Good LinkedIn Profile Gives You A Headstart 

On your marks, get set, GO! Even if you aren't actively looking for a new job or promotion, when you keep your profile updated with new skills or recommendations. These can come from employers and co-workers you are keeping yourself ready for any sudden changes or opportunities that come your way. With a reach spanning approximately 200 countries, you can keep your online CV in top condition discretely while keeping yourself open to opportunities should the right one come along.  It's not just useful for jobseekers, as an employer you can easily make long term connections and reach out to promising talent as you discover it.  Just starting out? Here's some more tips on how to use Linked In to get a job.

 But wait ... 

... A Word of Warning 

Hopefully this article has given you a few pointers to either start your LinkedIn profile or to think about polishing it up. Some things you need to consider are:
  • Make sure you remember it is a social networking site. So remember your employers past, present and future could see it.
  • Any links to other social sites should be treated with caution too.
  • There are pros and cons as there to any online profile, so make sure you do your research and respect the security of own and other people's information.
Any questions? Get in touch, as experts in finding jobs for jobseekers and candidates for employers we'd be happy to help.

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Do you have itchy feet? Maybe you are looking for new opportunities in a market with more room for growth? Or are you simply dreaming of sunnier climes? With global travel becoming increasingly accessible again, and countries once more welcoming visas and immigration, there's no time like now to start looking for your next job abroad. Before you embark on your next adventure, you need to make sure you CV is up to scratch. Read on for three simple tips to optimise your CV for international job search.

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Always Write A Personal Statement 

Some things never change. From our experience, all countries look favourably on a personal statement. Whether it’s explicitly asked for or not, it is a great way to showcase you personality, achievements, and ambitions as well as a way to expand on your previous experience. Your full job history may not fit on two pages of your CV* so a well-written personal statement gives you a great opportunity to sum up what makes you the best fit for this role.  *Bonus tip: some countries even prefer a one-page CV, and others permit three!

Do I Need A Photo For My International Job Search? 

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Depending on the job your are applying for, and the country it is in you may need to provide a photograph. This list provides a fairly comprehensive overview of which countries require a photo with a CV submission. However, be wary, this can change,  and may be different for different roles so be sure to consider tip number three below: research.

Do Your Research

This shouldn't be news to any seasoned job seeker but ALWAYS DO YOUR RESEARCH. Find out about the company, the company culture, the country's working culture, whether a photo is expected, or frowned upon, what personal information should be included. Treat this like your first CV and make sure you double-check everything.  Carrying out research on new countries is easier now than ever before. You can join international jobs Facebook groups and connect with people who live there, or even connect with employees at the company via Linked In. Make sure to get a native speaker to read your CV, especially if you are writing in another language.

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Checklist For Success In Your International Job Search

Just like any job search in your home country, it is vital to understand the CV norms and expectations. You can unwittingly exclude yourself from consideration for a role without even having your CV read to the end. In summary, here's our checklist for success:
  • There is no universal template
  • Find out about any local or national cultural norms
  • Check out Linked In
  • And don’t forget the usual tips on How to Make Your Job Application Stand Out 
Don’t delay your dream career any more. For more help with your CV and job search you can check out our blog, or get in touch today.  

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You are motivated and ambitious, and you are ready to move up the career ladder. You apply for new jobs every single week, and you feel mentally prepared for a job interview – the only thing is, you haven’t heard back from any employers. Can you relate to this? If so, you’re not alone. Most available jobs receive lots of interviews, so if your job application isn’t top-notch it may be dismissed. Here are three tips to help you make sure your job application stands out.  

1. How To Make Your Job Application Stand Out: Tailor Every Single Application

Do you send the same application to every vacancy that you find? If you are doing this, it is likely you are missing out on lots of great opportunities because your job application doesn’t stand out. You might think that sending out the same job application to every role helps to save you time. In reality, if it isn’t well-suited to any of the roles, you are wasting your time sending it out! So take some time to tailor your CV to each role. If the job description lists certain skills and experience, move those skills and experience to the top of your CV so they are immediately noticeable. Remove sections that are outdated or unnecessary. For instance, a 4 week yoga qualification isn’t needed for a digital marketing role! Then include a tailored cover letter explaining why you think you are a good fit for the role. This will significantly increase your chances of landing a job interview.  

2. Check For Errors

Before you submit your CV go through it and check for any errors or misspellings. This may seem obvious, but many people don’t do it – and recruiters are clear that poor spelling is a big problem. When you think your application is ready, walk away from it for an hour or so and focus on something else. When you return you will be able to look at your CV with fresh eyes. This means that you are more likely to spot spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. You could also use a free online spell checker (although we do suggest also looking through your application, as bots don’t always pick up on every error). Do you have a job interview coming up? Here are some tips to help you prepare for your interview.  

3. Follow Up

Finally it is important to follow up once you have sent a job application. Wait a reasonable length of time (perhaps a week or so), and then send an email to let them know you are thankful for the interview opportunity. Make sure that the email is professional and well written. This is a great way to make your application stand out, especially if lots of people are applying for the same role.

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Do you have a job interview on the horizon? If so, you may be feeling a little nervous. After all, job interviews can be stressful, especially if it is for your dream job. Thankfully it is entirely possible to ace your job interview; you just need to be prepared. So if you’re thinking about finding a new job, we are here to help. Here are some common questions interviewers like to ask.  

1. Questions Interviewers Like To Ask: “So, tell me a little about yourself.”

This is normally the first question most job interviewers ask. Some people struggle to answer the question as it is quite vague and general, but the best thing you can do is talk about why you are a great candidate for the role. Talk about previous experience that is relevant to the job, and discuss any personality traits that also suit the job (for instance, if it is a salesperson role you may want to mention that you are quite confident and chatty). Don’t overshare, and don’t feel like you need to provide too much detail about your personal life; remember you are only here to show the interviewer why they should hire you.  

2. “Why do you want this role?”

This question is another chance for you to mention your relevant skills, but it is also a good opportunity to talk about the company itself. Maybe their ethics and values align with yours, or maybe you are particularly passionate about working in the area the company is based.  

3. “What are your salary expectations?”

This question can feel uncomfortable, but it is important to be honest. Don’t under or oversell yourself; do some research about the role before your meeting, and come up with a realistic, fair number.  

4. “What are your strengths?”

Most employers ask this question to work out if you are actually qualified for the position. This is a chance for you to talk more about your qualifications and previous experience – but make sure to ‘show’ this, rather than just telling it. For instance, don’t just say that you have good leadership skills; instead, give an example of when you displayed leadership skills.

5. “What are your weaknesses?”

This question can seem like a bit of a trap, but it is just so the job interviewer can get a proper idea of who you are. Try to frame any of your weaknesses in a positive way; maybe you could mention skills that you are currently trying to improve.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re unemployed or if you have a job you’ve grown tired of; either way, January is the best time to start your job search. The previous year is behind you, you’ve just had a break for Christmas and you’re ready to focus on your future. Are you ready to find a new job? If so, here are two reasons why January is the best time to look for new work.  

1. Why January Is The Best Time To Find A New Job: The New Year Attitude

January is a time for new year’s resolutions. Most people use this time as a chance to better themselves, which means it is a great time to be proactive about your career. So direct your motivation towards your job search, and you will find it much easier to search for and apply for jobs.  

2. There Are More Job Vacancies Than Ever Before

It isn’t just individuals who are being proactive in January; businesses are also ramping up and setting goals for the upcoming year. Hiring teams are back in the office, and many businesses are looking to expand their teams. And that isn’t all; due to the pandemic, there are currently more job vacancies than ever before. This means it is easier for people to apply for their dream job (and they are also more likely to eventually land the role!).  

Are You Prepared?

So there are lots of job vacancies to choose from, and you’re likely feeling inspired to look for new work – but are you prepared? Is your CV up to date with information from your latest role? Do you have smart clothes you could wear to an interview? Do you have the communication skills needed to ace a job interview? Make sure you are fully prepared for the job search before you start applying for new roles, as this means you are more likely to succeed with your job search.  

How We Can Help

If you want help finding a new job, we can certainly help. We are a London based digital marketing recruitment company, and we find work for both entry level and senior employees. We are currently recruiting for a wide range of roles, so please get in touch today and we can see if we have the perfect job for you.

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Most employers understand the importance of hiring great candidates. They know that the right candidate will help to improve their business, and they understand that if someone is a good fit they are more likely to stay with the company for a long time. However now is a difficult time to hire; a recent study found that UK job adverts are at a record high in the build-up to Christmas, so it is harder than ever to find the best employees. Thankfully it is still possible to find high quality employees who are compatible with your business; you just need to make sure that your business appeals to these candidates. Here are three tips to help you attract the best digital marketing talent.  

1. How Employers Can Attract The Best Digital Marketing Talent: Think About Your Branding

One of the easiest ways to increase the quality of job candidates is by including clear branding. This doesn’t mean you need to use your logo or the company colours; instead you should focus on the values of your brand. Is your company known for being innovative and out of the box, or are you more traditional? Are you known for working with global giants, or do you normally work with small start-ups? This information will make it easier for you to attract likeminded individuals who see themselves in your brand. This means they are more likely to be a good fit (and they are also more likely to stay with the company for a long time!).  

2. Cultivate A Strong Social Media Presence

You may not think that your social media presence is linked to finding job candidates – but it certainly can be. After all, nearly four billion people use social media (in fact, there are over 1 billion people on Instagram alone!), which makes it one of the best places to advertise online. So make sure you have professional, active social media pages that your target audience (potential employees) can find. Then potential employees can follow you online, which means they are more likely to see job opportunities (or they may even send their CV in when you don’t have vacancies).  

3. Create Engaging Job Adverts

Finally it is important to create an engaging job advert. Include a detailed job description, be clear and articulate when you are describing your ideal candidate, and make sure your company description helps you to stand out from the crowd. This means you are less likely to interview incompatible candidates who don’t have the right skills or attitude.

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Most people find job interviews nerve-wracking. You have to sell yourself, answer questions about your career and ensure you stand out from the crowd – and at the end, it is likely you will be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. Saying that you don’t have any questions can be an instant no hire for some interviewers; after all, it can make you seem disinterested in the role, or as though you are trying to rush through the interview. So if you really want to impress during an interview, you should prepare a few questions in advance. And don’t worry if you can’t think of anything; we’re here to help. Here are seven example questions you can ask at the end of a job interview.  

1. Questions To Ask At The End Of A Job Interview: “What do you like most about working for this company?”

If the interviewer is struggling to answer this question, it could mean that the company isn’t great to work for. Thankfully most interviewers will have an answer, and this will teach you more about the company and day-to-day life there. This also gives the interviewer the chance to talk more about themselves and their role, which will help you to bond.  

2. “What do the great team members do differently to the standard team members?”

This question will help you to stand out from other employees if you do get the job – and it also shows the interviewer that you don’t intend to be a mediocre employee, which will increase you chances of a second interview.  

3. “What makes this company different to its competitors?”

This shows the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the company and their goals, and it also gives the interviewer the chance to teach you more about the company. This can be very useful if you get a second interview with a more senior team member.  

4. “How would you describe the management style here?”

Every company has different values and goals, and this can affect the management style within the company. Asking this question will teach you more about different management styles, and it will also let you know if the company is a good fit for your personality. Interested in working with us? Find out what our previous clients have to say.  

5. “What is the training program like for this role?”

Most jobs come with some level of training; this could take a few hours, or it could take weeks to complete. Asking this question will let you know more about the introductory aspect of the role, which will make it easier for to prepare if you do get the role.  

6. “Could you show me around the offices before I leave?”

If the interview takes place in the office you will be working in, this could be a good question to ask. It will give you the chance to see what the atmosphere in the office is like, and you may even get to meet a few potential co-workers. This will help you to work out if the job is a good fit for you. Click here to start your career in sales.  

7. “What goals does the company have for the next year?”

This is a good question as it allows you to understand what the business needs the most. Maybe it is a specific skill, such as digital marketing, or maybe it is simply to streamline the business. Either way, knowing this will make it easier for you to truly help the business if you do get the job.

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If you are looking for work in the digital marketing industry, it is likely that you have considered using a recruitment company. After all, there are more job vacancies than ever before, so it can be very difficult to find the roles that are suited to your skills. But is it beneficial to use more than one recruitment company? The answer seems to be no. Here are four reasons to use one recruitment company, rather than several.  

1. Reasons To Use One Recruitment Company: You Can Find The Right Niche

Choosing only one recruitment company gives you time to research each company thoroughly (rather than spending your time signing up to every agency that you find). This means that you are more likely to find a recruitment company that actually suits your niche. For instance, you may find a company that specialises in social media digital marketing, rather than content marketing. This will make it easier for you to be matched with roles that suit your skillset, instead of more generic roles that appeal less to you.  

2. You Can Focus On Quality, Rather Than Quantity

Another advantage to choosing only one recruitment agency is that you can focus on quality, rather than quantity. There are lots of recruitment companies out there, but they are not all made equally; some work with multiple companies who are hiring in lots of areas, while others have fewer clients and therefore fewer roles. Looking for just one company means you are more likely to find a high-quality recruitment company with in-depth knowledge.  

3. You Will Look More Professional

You may be tempted to work with lots of different recruitment agencies in an attempt to find work quicker, but this can backfire. For instance, multiple recruitment companies could put you forward for different roles within the same company, which could make you seem unsure about your skillset. For this reason we suggest finding one company and being transparent with them about your skillset.  

4. It Will Remove Some Pressure

Finally working with just one recruitment agency will reduce the pressure of your job search. After all, if you work with multiple agencies you may end up with multiple interviews on the same day! This can cause serious issues; for instance, you may confuse one company with another and seem unprofessional. You also may not have enough time to prepare for lots of different interviews. So choose one recruitment company that suits your needs and your skills, and put 100% of your effort into each interview that comes your way.

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For most graduates, the first thing they want to do is look for a job. They want to get their foot on the career ladder and start earning money – but this can be difficult if they don’t have desirable skills or experience. Here are five skills employers want entry level employees to have.  

1. Skills Employers Want Entry Level Employees To Have: Adaptability

One of the main skills employers look for in entry-level employees is adaptability. Being able to adapt to a new environment and make the most of the situation is a very valuable skill, especially if you don’t have much experience. So look over your CV and ask yourself these questions; does my CV make it clear that I am adaptable? Do I give any examples of me thriving in new environments or situations?  

2. Goal Focused

Modern marketing is very goal focused, so if you are goal orientated yourself you may find it easier to get hired. Goal oriented people tend to be more motivated and productive, but that isn’t all; people who set goals are also more likely to achieve them, so goal focused people tend to be more successful! Click here to see our latest entry level roles.  

3. Analytic

Modern marketing isn’t just goal oriented; it is also very analytical. The vast majority of marketing companies use at least Google Analytics and Instagram Insights to check how well their campaigns do, and most use even more in-depth tools for more insightful conclusions. So if you have experience with analytics, make sure to mention this on your CV or cover letter.  

4. Team Player

If you are joining a company at entry level, it is very likely that you will be working as a member of a team, rather than alone. For this reason it can be useful to list examples of you working as part of a successful team in the past (for instance, you may have worked with a group on a university project).  

5. Experience

Most entry level employees need to have some type of marketing experience, but don’t shake your head in despair; the experience doesn’t need to be a previous full-time role. You could have gained experience during a university placement, or maybe you had a part-time job that still taught you useful skills (for instance, working as a waitress could teach you about teamwork). If you don’t have much experience and it is making it hard for you to find work, consider volunteering. Message local agencies to see if they need any help with their social media – or even ask a friend with a business if you could help their business grow an Instagram following!

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