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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 That fan blog you wrote when you were at school for example, or some outdated jokes exchanged with friends from the late noughties.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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Modern life is stressful. The biggest causes of stress have been said to be money, job worries and our health so it is no wonder that the pandemic has increased reported stress levels across the world. In the past year 74% of people have reported feeling so stressed they said they felt unable to cope, but what do we mean when we talk about stress? In this blog post we’ll take a small departure from our usual topics  to bring you the top three causes of stress at work, and some easy things you can do to help relieve the symptoms of modern life. 

 Cause #1 – The Pandemic 

The three main causes of stress are work, money, and health. If we consider what we as a species have been through in the last three years it is unsurprising that we are seeing stress levels soar: Job uncertainty, soaring costs of living, and a deadly virus. People have lost their jobs and gone through huge changes in lifestyle. We think this is one of the biggest underlying stressors that people perhaps aren't giving enough credit to. The focus is on 'getting back to normal' and not realising the strain we have all been under.  

Cause #2 –Poor Organisation

This can be poor organisation on the part of the individual, or the perceived poor organisation of the company or management. Insufficient workloads, too heavy a workload, not enough time, and unreasonable demands all stem from poor organisation. This can cause a great deal of stress from feeling a lack of control. Unfortunately, when it comes to poor management there isn't always a great deal you can do. You can, however, take control of your own organisation and manage your day to help reduce unnecessary additional stress at work.

Cause #3 – Perfectionism and Pressure

Following on from our previous point, pressure at work is a major cause of stress at work. But, this can be caused by many things, not just poor organisation. Social media causes a great deal of stress related to perfectionism and the pressure to be better. Constantly comparing yourself to how well others are doing, or your perception of how well they are doing, is demotivating and stressful! 

How to Reduce Your Stress at Work 

Nothing will completely get rid of stress, it is a natural physiological response, and serves productive purposes such as boosting focus and motivation in the right amounts. Too much though, and we can lose the ability to carry out our normal tasks and feel unwell. Here are some of our tried and tested ways to prevent and manage stress:

Good Food is a Good Mood

Good food, nutrition and hydration. Caffeine is not a problem for everyone, but you might want to reduce your intake and see if it helps. Sugary breakfasts wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels, which cortisol (the stress hormone) does too.     

Get Out in Nature

Or at least a walk in your local park. On your lunchbreak, in the morning. If you can hack it, leave your phone at home and listen to nature and resist the temptation to scroll. You can make use of digital wellbeing controls on your phone – turning off app notifications for a specified time.  It is hard to separate using social media for work and personal use resulting in spending way too much time online, so a walk without your phone is a great two in one stress buster 

Get Organised 

Just keep it simple.

Look After Your Health

We hope you find these tips useful, remember no job is worth your health. If you are feeling stressed and unable to cope then please reach out to friends, family members or seek advice from a professional. If it is a work-related problem you could consider speaking to your line manager. Something as simple as talking through your worries can really help you feel calmer, and realise you are not alone in feeling stressed. 

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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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Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you love the idea of relocating to a warmer country? Would you like to work for one of the most successful media agencies in Australia? If so, you might be interested in our exciting new job opportunities. We have teamed up with one of Australia’s most successful digital media agencies to offer two fantastic digital marketing roles to UK residents. Australia currently has a digital marketing talent shortage, so there is a huge demand for skilled marketing employees to relocate. Media companies are currently offering extremely generous salaries and relocation packages for the right person. Agencies are particularly keen to see talented candidates with digital accounts experience. Does this sound like you? If so, here’s some more information about the roles.  

About The Roles

Digital Account Director

Location: Australia Salary: £70k per Annum This role has a focus on digital strategy, thinking, planning, analysis, and architecture of media recommendations. The Digital Account Director is responsible for the team’s digital output. This includes quality control, campaign implementation, and the tracking and performance of all media campaigns. Two to five years digital marketing experience required. Find out more about this role here.

Digital Account Manager

Location: Australia Salary: £50k per Annum Focused on the planning, analysis and architecture of media campaigns and client engagement. The Account Manager is responsible for the output of Account Executives and Coordinators. Also the booking, tracking and performance of all media activity. Collaborate with team traders and internal specialist units. Keep a close eye on campaigns to ensure results deliver to expectations for all client activity. Two to five years digital marketing experience required. Find out more about this role here.  

Benefits Of Accepting A Digital Marketing Role In Australia

Relocating for work can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never relocated before. However it is a great opportunity to upgrade your career, your finances and your personal life – and here’s why.  

1. It Is The Second Best Place In The World To Live

According to a study from the United Nations, Australia is actually the second-best place in the world to live. This is due to the high quality of life. Social progress is steady, the economy is fantastic, high-quality education is accessible and the weather is brilliant.  

2. It Is One Of The Happiest Countries In The World

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Australia is also one of the happiest countries in the world. In fact, tThe Wall Street Journal recently reported that Australia is the second happiest country! This was measured by analysing eleven basic welfare factors. These include income, housing, work life balance, community, health and life satisfaction. So if you want to be happier on a daily basis, Australia could help!

3. The Economy Is Strong

Australia is known across the world for having a strong, active economy. This is due to a few factors; the country has a generally skilled workforce, produce is high quality and international commerce is booming.  

4. Relocation Costs Are Covered

All international career transitions with Dotgap are as smooth as possible. We cover moving and relocation costs, and we can also help with visa requirements. This ensures that your career change is as stress-free as possible. So you can hit the ground running as soon as you arrive in Australia! Opportunities like this don’t come along every day. So if you have two to five years of digital marketing experience, we’d love to speak to you. Simply email keith@dotgap.com to set up an interview. Let’s help you to make the move that will completely transform your life!

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All job interviews can help you to grow. Even if you didn’t get the job, you can still turn the experience into a valuable lesson. You just need to listen to the feedback you get from the employer or recruitment agency about your performance and skills. Here are five ways you can learn from every job interview going forward.  

1. How To Learn From Job Interview Feedback: Don’t Be Nervous To Ask For Feedback

Job interviews can be a little stressful, but try not to be too nervous to ask for feedback. This is because some job interviewers are very busy, so they may not think to give you any feedback at the end of the interview. Simply ask politely if they would like to give you any feedback about the interview, and if they say yes listen carefully. Don’t be defensive; instead, try to take the feedback on board, even if you don’t totally agree with it!  

2. Speak To Your Recruitment Agency

Are you working with a recruitment agency (such as ours) to increase the number of job interviews you are being offered? If so, speak to your agency to find out if they can give you any feedback for future interviews. This could be general interview advice, or they could have specific skills based advice for you. For instance, they may suggest that you rearrange your CV to prioritise certain skills.  

3. Understand That Feedback Can Be Constructive

Some people dislike receiving feedback as they feel like they are being criticised, but in reality feedback is an important tool that can help you to grow. After all, there is a reason the phrase ‘constructive criticism’ exists! If you struggle to receive feedback, remind yourself that there is no reason to take it personally. The other person is taking time out of their day to give you advice and tips, and if you take the advice you are more likely to ace an interview in the future. So try to listen, even if you do feel a little miffed.  

4. Give Yourself Feedback

You don’t have to exclusively rely on recruiters and interviewers to give you feedback; you can also give yourself feedback. Spend some time reflecting after a job interview. Ask yourself which questions you answered well and which questions could have been answered better, and think about what you would do differently next time.  

5. Write Down Areas To Work On

Finally it can be useful to write down certain areas that you want to work on. Maybe there is a short course that you could do to improve a certain skill, or maybe you would like to work on your confidence. Spending time addressing your weaker areas is a great way to improve your overall performance, so you are more likely to land your dream job interview in the future. Good luck!

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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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Are you tired of your current role? Do you dream of doing something different? If so, you may have considered making a career change. This is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, but if you are certain that you want to change your career now is a good time. After all, job vacancies are at a 60 year high, so most industries are looking to recruit! Here are 7 tips to help you switch careers in your 40s.  

1. How To Switch Careers In Your 40s: Set Clear Priorities

The first thing you should do is set clear priorities. Ask yourself these questions; what do you dislike about your current role? What would you like from a new role (less stress, fewer hours, more creativity etc)? Establish clear priorities for your new career, and then start considering which careers could be a good fit for you.  

2. Be Aware Of Your Strengths

It can also be useful to be aware of your strengths (as well as any transferable skills) that you have. Write down the skills that you have learnt from your current career, and also make notes of any strengths you have learned in your personal life (for instance, if you took time off to raise young children you could include multi-tasking as a skill).  

3. Take Advantage Of Your Contacts

One of the best things about changing your career in your 40s is that you already have an established career with connections. These connections could help you to find new work in a new industry, so spend some time networking with your contacts, friends and former colleagues to see if there is any way they can help you.  

4. Think About Having A Career Coach

It could also be useful to have a career coach. A career coach is someone who will help you to focus on your goals and plans, and they will also help to keep you on track if you start to feel demotivated.  

5. Update Your CV

Before you start applying for new roles take some time to update your CV. Include all relevant information about your latest job, but try to spend more time talking about your abilities and skills (rather than the previous industry you worked in).  

6. Don’t Forget About LinkedIn

It is also important to update your LinkedIn profile. After all, there are over 600 million users on the professional network, so this could be a great way to find a new role!  

7. A New Career In Your 40s

The idea of starting a new career in your 40s can be intimidating (especially if it has been a while since your last job interview), but it can also be hugely rewarding. So don’t be afraid to take the leap; just make sure that you are prepared first.

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Do you have a 5- or 10-year career plan? Are you actively trying to move up the career ladder? If so, we can help. Planning and succeeding with career goals isn’t always easy, but with consistency and determination you can stay on track and reach your goals. Here are 6 tips to help you succeed with your career goals.  

1. How To Succeed With Your Career Goals: Reflect On Your Career Every Month

If you really want to move forward in your career, you should make reflecting on your career a regular habit. Sit down at least once a month and write down both your long-term and short-term goals. Break the goals down into weekly, monthly and yearly goals, and take time to track their progress. What are you on track with? What is falling behind? How can you alter your current workday to make your goals more achievable?  

2. Spend Time Researching Career Options

It can also be useful to regularly spend time researching your career options. Many people start their career and simply advance within the company they work for, but it is entirely possible you could find a more interesting (or better paid) role within another company or industry.  

3. Have A Positive Mindset

It is very important to have a positive mindset when it comes to your career. Believe in yourself and your skills, and remind yourself that you are capable. Have a proactive mindset towards your career; listen to podcasts in your field, actively make connections and focus on the future (rather than the past).  

4. Understand The Importance Of Persistency

It is also essential to understand the importance of consistency and hard work. Applying for a bunch of jobs once could pay off, but you are more likely to succeed if you actively search and apply for new jobs every day. Remember that when you work hard for something, it is more likely you will be rewarded.  

5. Embrace Constructive Feedback

Some people really dislike constructive feedback, but in reality this is one of the best ways to be aware of weak spots or issues. So if someone offers you constructive feedback, listen carefully rather than being defensive. This allows you to constantly grow and improve.  

6. Think About Your Passions

Finally it is important to think about your passions and interests. Think about the things that inspire you about your career and life; what do you truly enjoy doing? What skills would you like to improve? You may discover that you are passionate about a different industry, in which case you may need to enrol on a course to reskill. This may seem scary, but it is often worth it!

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Up until very recently most interviews were conducted face-to-face, but the recent pandemic has changed that. Now most interviews are held over video chat, using apps such as Zoom or Skype. This is ideal for remote workers… but a video call can feel very difficult to a standard, in-person interview! Here are nine tips to help you prepare for a Zoom interview.  

1. How To Prepare For A Zoom Interview: Don’t Use Your Mobile

Zoom does have a mobile feature, but a desktop device (such as a mobile or a laptop) is a better option for a job interview. This is because a desktop device will be stationary, so the camera won’t seem shaky or blurry during the interview. This will give the interviewer a clearer view of you, and it also means you will seem more prepared and professional.  

2. Update Your Laptop Beforehand

It can also be useful to check your laptop for updates beforehand. After all, a random update pop-up during the interview will be an unnecessary distraction – and you could end up restarting your laptop if you accidentally click it, cutting the interview short for no reason! So do any essential updates before the Zoom interview, and restart your laptop beforehand so everything is running smoothly.  

3. Find A Professional Background

Find a professional space in your house that is tidy and clutter-free, such as the study or the kitchen. A professional set-up will make it seem like you are more serious about the job (and it also means you won’t seem messy or informal). Do you have a phone interview instead of a Zoom interview? No problem; click here to discover how to have a great phone interview.  

4. Make Sure The Room Is Brightly Lit

It is also important to ensure that the set is well lit so that the interviewer can actually see your facial expressions and body language. We suggest choosing a naturally bright room in your house, and then positioning your laptop in front of a window so you are sat in natural light.  

5. Make Sure The Space Is Quiet

Next make sure that the space is quiet so that you and the interviewer can easily hear each other. Shut the window if you are near a main road, and shut the door if you live with housemates or animals.  

6. Speak To Your Family/Roommates Beforehand

If you live with other people you should also tell them about the interview beforehand. This means that they won’t interrupt your interview by knocking on the door or walking in, and it also means they are more likely to be considerate and quiet if they are home while the interview is happening.  

7. Switch Off Notifications

Put your phone on aeroplane mode and switch off notifications on your laptop before the interview to reduce distractions.  

8. Clear Your Screen

You may also want to clear your laptop screen (close random tabs and files) before starting the interview. This is because the interviewer may ask you to share your screen with them (for instance, they may want to see your portfolio or CV), and this ensures your background is professional, rather than personal.  

9. Practice First

Finally you may want to practice using the Zoom app if you haven’t used it before. Download it, open it and log in. Test out the software by using your camera and microphone, and make sure everything is working properly before the interviewer calls.

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