Top 6 Tips to Use Pinterest In Your Job Search

pinterest job search tori randolph terhune tori terhune tori r terhuneIf you’re anything like me you can spend hours browsing Pins and Boards filled with hair ideas, work outfits, home décor or yummy recipes. And as fun as that is, I’ve found time can be much better spent proactively pursuing your job search on Pinterest. The social networking site can, and should, be used in the job hunt for your dream career, as it will be found by recruiters looking into your social resume. And while Pinterest is still heavily women (70%), men are joining the Pin party, too!

Below are the top six tips I’ve found to help you build your personal brand and create a stellar, eye-catching social resume on Pinterest.

1. Upload a Professional Photo
As with all other social networks, make sure you have a professional profile photo. This generates interest in you and your personal brand.

2. Have A Descriptive Bio
Load your bio with keywords for search engine optimization; i.e. you’ll rank high in Google results. You can use the | symbol to organize your information as mentioned in the Twitter and LinkedIn job search blog posts. For instance, your bio might read: Journalist| Writing Tutor |SF Giants Fan.

3. Create Boards
First, write a specific title. For example, “[Your Name] Blog Posts” or “[Your Name] Advertising Portfolio” or “Professional Work Fashion.” Then start pinning. You can include things that interest you and are relevant to your board titles. One idea for a board is a visual resume (Example title: “[Your Name] Public Relations Resume”). Pinterest is a great way to showcase visuals, and visual aids help job seekers stand out to hiring managers. You can include logos from companies where you’ve worked, pictures of events you helped plan and links to articles that you wrote or were quoted in.

4. Create Pins
I say “create pins” because you can’t just repin everything you read and be successful. Pin blog posts you’ve written, or anything you’ve contributed to and write specific, action oriented descriptions for your pins. Organize each pin you post to your boards. Then you can add filler with shared pins to some of your boards (i.e. maybe a “Professional Attire” board where you share some of your favorite work outfits, and share others’ as well. Always make sure your pins look superb to increase interest Find images that best represent what you’re talking about and even add copy on to the picture so users don’t even need to read the description, if they don’t want to.

5. Engage With Other Pinners

Follow boards that interest you. Like and comment on others’ pins. People love those who share their content and will likely return the favor and repin your pins or follow your boards. Remember, always say thank you and give credit where credit is due!

6. Promote Your Pins and Boards

Include a link to your Pinterest resume on your Facebook and Twitter bios, LinkedIn, personal website and business cards to get attention from hiring recruiters. Consider using keywords in descriptions to help optimize your pins for search. However, do not use hashtags on Pinterest! You don’t need them for the site’s search functions. Read more about tips to promote your pins in this fantastic infographic on how to use Pinterest correctly.

What do you think? Do you have any other tips on how to use Pinterest in the job search? Comment below!

*This is part of my blog series on using social networks to help your job search. If you have a network you would like included in the series, please let me know by commenting below!*

Top 6 Tips to Use Facebook in Your Job Search

Facebook Job Search Tori Terhune Tori Randolph TerhuneAt one time or another on Facebook, you posted pictures of you and your friends at parties, gave updates on what you did during your vacation every five minutes and told your Facebook friends how many loads of laundry you did. Not anymore! Facebook has become as crucial to hiring managers as job interviews.

According to HuffPost Business, 37 percent of hiring managers check job applicants’ social media networks, with over 65 percent of these employers checking Facebook. And college applicants should be wary as well, because 87 percent of college recruiters use Facebook to recruit prospective students. Here are six tips to help you utilize your Facebook to build a personal brand you can be proud of.

1. Upload a Professional Photo
The first and most important step for your brand consistency in your job search is using your professional photo in your social network. I’ve said this in every blog post in this Social Networks For Your Job Search blog series, and I’ll repeat it here: get your professional head shot now and use it on all your profiles. It makes you look professional and assures recruiters they’ve found the right person.

2. Be Thorough in Your ‘About’ Copy
Facebook Graph Search has revolutionized the job search on Facebook. If you have access to Graph Search, or if you read my recent post,  you know exactly what I’m talking about. Recruiters can now search for job seekers outside of the immediate network based on pages, music, books, etc., that you like and the keywords in your profile. This means you need to be thorough in your about section. Fill in as much education and work experience as you can, being sure to load descriptions with keywords.

3. Clean Your Profile
As I mentioned in #3, Facebook Graph Search will categorize you and rank you in recruiters’ searches based on things you like, or are connected to, on Facebook. It’s time to go back to all those funny groups you joined in college, or pages that might not fit your brand, and leave or unlike them. Remember: your social networks are simply a way for you to build your brand, nothing more. If you think South Park or Kanye West are a key part of your brand, then leave them on there.

4. Adjust Your Privacy Settings.
Make sure you turn timeline review on in your Facebook privacy settings so that your friends cannot tag you in a post or photo without your approval. This prevents your (sometimes) unprofessional-minded friends from posting photos on your wall/timeline that are not brand builders, and gives you another opportunity to control exactly what hiring managers see about you.

5. Like Away
Now that you’ve cleaned your profile and are in charge of what others can see, like companies and public figures related to your industry. Employers will see how passionate and involved you are in your industry. It will also make optimize your profile and rank you higher in Graph Search.

6. Promote Yourself
Think of Facebook first and foremost as a channel to promote your personal brand. Only post content that builds that brand. Use pictures in your posts to get more views. Comment appropriately on your Facebook friends’ content. Add value to your Facebook friends by liking and sharing their content. And remember: when in doubt if content will build your brand, don’t post!

What do you think? Do you have any other tips on how to utilize Facebook to promote your personal brand? Comment below!

*This is part of my blog series on using social networks to help your job search. If you have a network you would like included in the series, please let me know by commenting below!*

Top 6 Tips to Use Instagram in Your Job Search

instagram job search torirterhune tori randolph terhuneInstagram is known for posting pictures of delicious-looking food and childhood photos for #ThrowbackThursday. Instagrammers are known for throwing as many hashtags as they can on posts, including #Foodie or #TextsFromMom (just to name a few), to describe their photos and get new followers. Surprisingly to some, Instagram can also be used in the job hunt. By strategically posting photos and using a dream company’s promoted hashtags, job hunters can connect with others in their industry and build reputable personal brands. Below are the top six tips on how to use Instagram in the job search and as a personal brand builder.

1. Complete your Bio
Pick a few attributes that describe you that are related to your desired industry. Use keywords for search engine optimization (SEO). For instance, your bio could be Fashion Blogger|Cheer Coach|Tutor.

2. Have a Professional Profile Photo
Upload a professional profile photo just as you would for your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts as well.

3. Link Away
Link to other social networks such as your Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and LinkedIn accounts and your personal website in your Instagram bio.

4. Network
Follow your dream career company and see which professionals are tagged in the company’s photos from events. You can then follow these folks on Twitter and retweet their posts or ask professional questions,  such as advice for aspiring young professionals. After all, the point of social media is being social!

5. Post Relevant Pictures
Post pictures related to your dream career company. For example, if you want to do social media marketing for McDonald’s, give shouts outs to McDonald’s for that free iced coffee you got with a coupon and post a picture of the drink along with a related hashtag such as McDonald’s staple slogan #ImLovinIt. Keep that up and they’ll notice you.

6. Use Hashtags
Use your industry’s keywords as hashtags to describe and tag pictures you’ve posted. For example, if you just attended a conference about social media tactics you could upload a photo of the event and use the hashtags #socialmedia and #(NameofConference, or hashtag conference prefers you to use). This makes your content searchable and easier to find by others who attended the event and those in the industry, which could open the door for a connection with a seasoned professional at your dream career company. Hashtags also increase the life of your photo by making it appear higher in search results. You can always refresh your hashtags in a comment to have it resurface in search at a later date as well. Instagram doesn’t have a limit on hashtags, but please try to keep your posts readable by keeping them to a minimum!

Connect with me on Instagram: @ToriRTerhune. Do you have any other tips on how to use Instagram in the job search? Comment below!

*This another in my series of blog posts on using social networks to help your job search. If you have a network you would like included in the series, please let me know by commenting below!*

Top 6 Tips To Use Twitter For Your Job Search

Twitter job search Tori Randolph Terhune ToriRTerhunePeople use Twitter for personal posts all the time; sharing photos, highlights of their days and jokes (#firstworldproblems, anyone?). But you can use this same social network to land your dream career! In 140 characters, Twitter enables users to share content and connect with others around the world. And you can tweet with anyone from your favorite celebrity to your dream career company; they don’t have to follow you back.

Twitter has broken down the wall between job seekers and employers. A job seeker can tweet a company to see if they need an intern, or a company can post recent listings to increase the amount of applications. In fact, 49 percent of hiring recruiters use Twitter to search for job candidates.

Below are the top six ways to use Twitter to build your personal brand and launch your dream career.

1. Upload A Professional Photo
A professional photo — just like on any of your social profiles — is a must! It’s much harder to get Twitter followers with the pre-uploaded, generic egg profile picture.

2. Load Your Bio With Keywords
Include key terms that describe your personal brand and reflect your industry in your bio to help recruiters find you (search engine optimization). Whatever terms you include in your bio is searchable via Twitter search, but will also help your profile show higher in Google search results. Twitter also allows you to list a URL in your bio, so include a link to your LinkedIn or personal website. Just like I mentioned in the LinkedIn job search post, utilize the | symbol to separate information. For example, mine is: Author of Land Your Dream Career| Speaker| Cheer Coach| SF Giants and 49ers Fan. Feel free to make any of your keywords in your bio a hashtag, which will make it easy for people to search your keywords from your bio.

3. Keep Your Tweets Short and Sweet
Remember you only have 140 characters, so use words sparingly and get your point across quickly. Try to only use 110 to 120 characters, so if people retweet (RT) your content they can add “RT @yourname” and their own hashtag or comment as well. You want to make it as easy as possible to RT you without changing the headline you created for your content. Also make sure to shorten your URLs. You can use http://www.bit.ly or third-party apps such as HootSuite. (Some of these third-party apps even let you track clicks on your shortened URLs!)

4. Add Value To Your Tweets
People want to follow helpful tweeters, so share valuable content. Valuable content includes news, how to’s, and fun/funny items. Pay attention to what your audience likes and post more content that they like. Then give credit where credit is due! Make sure you mention original authors or sources of information when sharing content. For instance, if you share this blog post on Twitter include via @ToriRTerhune. Tweeters love shoutouts!

5. Use Hashtags
Hashtags are invaluable for getting your content found. My top favorite hashtags to use are #jobsearch, #collegetocareer, #resume and #careeradvice. It increases the life of your tweet, because it can trend with similarly tagged tweets, and makes your tweet easier to find in searches. Hashtags can also add humor or context to a tweet. #mylife, #whyihateinstagram and others can include you in fun, ongoing conversations on Twitter. Please remember to only use two to three hashtags per tweet!

6. Utilize Lists
Create lists to organize the users you follow into categories such as career experts or social media folks. Then you can view the feed for just those users, and share the group of users with your friends or connections. Tweeters added to your lists will be notified and excited, the people you share the lists with will be happy and you will make yourself a great resource — so it’s a win-win-win. You can also subscribe to other users’ lists to stay updated on the types of followers that interest you. As an example, here’s a great social media related Twitter list.

What do you think? Do you have any other tips on how to use Twitter for the job search? Comment below!

*This is the second in a series of blog posts on using social networks to help your job search. If you have a network you would like included in the series, please let me know by commenting below!*

Top 6 Tips To Use LinkedIn in Your Job Search

linkedin job search torirterhune tori randolph terhuneImagine knowing you have all the traits of a desired candidate for a position at your dream company. You may be a math wiz, a stellar writer or a tech expert but the key people don’t even know you exist. Frustrating, right? Have no fear, LinkedIn is here! LinkedIn has broken down the wall and given job seekers the ability to connect with seasoned professionals at various companies. In fact, 63 percent of hiring managers use LinkedIn to research job applicants. Here are six tips to stand out on LinkedIn and brand yourself as a phenomenal candidate.

1. Upload A Professional Photo
You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it again. Get a professional headshot. Now. Research your dream company and see the style of headshots their professionals use. Wear similar clothing and use a similar background/style of photo.

2. Write A Keyword-Heavy, Professional Headline
Do not write student or job seeker! Be specific. The headline on your profile is top real estate (right next to your amazing headshot), so use it! Load the headline with keywords for SEO that you believe recruiters will search to find you. For example, write: “Aspiring Public Relations and Social Media Pro Studying at Fresno State,” (my alma mater) or use something like mine: “Author | Speaker | Powerful Social Media & Online Solutions for Personal Brand and Companies” HINT: I always recommend using the “|” to break up your headline and make it easier to read than a comma list.

3. Skills Endorsements
First, make sure you like the skills that LinkedIn recommends for people to endorse. If not, you can edit them. Either delete some that you don’t think tie to your brand, or add some that you think will help you build your brand. Then endorse as many of your connections on LinkedIn as you have time for. It’s as easy as a click, and won’t take too long, I promise. Your connections will likely reciprocate and endorse your skills as well. This will give your brand the edge of third-party credibility, and show you what others truly think about you, your talents, and your brand

4. Get Recommendations
If a supervisor from your last job or the volunteer coordinator at your service-learning project gives you any kind of recommendation or testimonial, ask them to post it on LinkedIn. You can even write out what you want them to say and politely ask them to post it. Only ask for a recommendation, however, if you have worked with that person recently. You may also want to remind them how awesome you are and why they should recommend you while asking for it. Remember, you only need one recommendation for each job or internship position listed on LinkedIn.

5. Join Groups
Join groups in your industry. This will show how passionate you are about your industry and keep you at the forefront of your industry’s discussions with daily updates. You can even start your own group. Pick a topic related to your industry and update content frequently. You can even share others’ blogs that interest you (you can even share this one!) 🙂  This is an excellent way to get your brand recognized by people outside your network, and get more connections.

6. Use Company Insights
Want to know what your dream company is looking for in a candidate? Go to a company’s LinkedIn profile page and click on Insights at the top of the page (example: Cisco Insights). From there you can see what positions they’ve hired recently, people who work for the company that are close (or in) your network to get introduced to, the top skills and expertise of their employees (make sure these are on your page), other companies the employees have worked for, and similar companies that you might be interested in working for. Woah!

Do you have any other tips on using LinkedIn for the job search? Comment below!

*This is the first in a series of blog posts on using social networks to help your job search. If you have a network you would like included in the series, please let me know by commenting below!*

Common Name? There’s a Social Fix For That!

Popular Name Social Media ToriRTerhune Tori Randolph TerhuneChances are you’ve heard the mantra: There will never be another you. It’s true that everyone has their own unique personality, but the same cannot be said for names. Unless you’ve got a crazy name, or are just plain lucky, there may be several folks that share your name. In fact, there are 2.7 million people with the last name Smith!

Unfortunately, this can cause confusion for hiring managers when they Google you after reading your stellar resume. Someone with the same name as you may have posted photos on Instagram of him or herself drinking in Las Vegas over the weekend. A mistaken identity in this instance could damage your personal brand. Here are five things you can do in your social media plan if you have a popular name to help you protect your personal brand.

1. Embrace a nickname. Shorten your legal name or come up with something unique from a middle name or fun school-aged nickname. You aren’t changing your name, and you can ask to be called something else in the office, but it will make it much easier for people to find you on social networks.

2. Use your middle initial. Don’t want to part with your first name? No problem! Keep your first and last name and just insert your middle initial. I’ve used this with my new married name, and ToriRTerhune is my handle and username on all networks.

3. Tag your industry to your name. If your career is in PR or you have a CPA, wear your industry and title proud. For example, ToriPR or ToriTerhune_CPA. Your name will not only be distinguished, but it will make it easy to see what you do and recruiters will see how passionate you are about your industry.

4. Underscore it. Use your first name, then the underscore symbol followed by your last name. Example: Tori_Terhune.

5. Add numbers. You can tag on your college or high school graduation date, or perhaps a lucky number to your username. I’ve seen people run with this and use the address where they grew up, and then really build into part of their brand using the numbers graphically in their online resumes and profiles.

6. Add THE. Many people recommend putting THE in front of your name to distinguish yourself; however, with a very popular name, this could be done already!

What do you think? Do you have other tips on what to do with your social media if you have a popular name? Comment below!

Facebook Graph Search and your Job Search

facebook graph search job search tori randolph terhuneIf you’re anything like me, the word graph makes you cringe. Your brain recalls the tedious process of graphing points on an axis, drawing a straight line and finding the slope. Some graphs are your friend though, and Facebook’s new Graph Search, soon to be used by all hiring managers,  is definitely one of those.

What is Graph Search?

Graph Search has started rolling out to users, and the graph data comes from Facebook users’ profile information. Using key search terms, recruiters can now dial in for graphic designers, in a certain city, who like coffee, the San Francisco Giants and have read three specific books…WOW! This makes Facebook much more useful in the job search, but also makes it important for jobseekers to make their pages the best representation of their personal brand. The information that you have in your about section, pages you’ve liked and any TV shows, movies, books, etc., you have listed are all game for Graph Search.

Here are three tips to help you promote your personal brand and hirability on Facebook.

1. Use a Vanity URL

Choose your name as your vanity URL. For instance, your URL should be facebook.com/firstnamelastname. Or, if you use your middle name or initial (like me), include that in your URL. This makes it easier for hiring recruiters to find you, which keeps them happy. Facebook only lets you change this once, so pick a good one!

2. Complete Your Profile

It is important that you fill out your about section with keywords relevant to your industry and personal brand. For example, you can list every title that describes you such as blogger, journalist or dance instructor. Don’t use cutesy quotes to describe yourself; think of your about section as a branch of your resume, and include any important descriptions of yourself there. You should also fill out all jobs, schools and relationships with those in your network on your profile.

3. Utilize Likes

Like companies, non-profit organizations, public figures, books, and anything that is part of your desired industry, or that reflects your personal brand. Graph Search enables hiring recruiters to not only scope out a candidate’s skills but also to determine whether he or she will fit in with the company culture based on personal likes on Facebook.

What do you think? Have you tried any other Graph Search optimization techniques? Comment below!