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Emma Gregory recruitment, jobs in business travel, travel recruitment company...

Wow, what a start to the new year! We’ve registered several new candidates over the past week and are in the process of advertising some exciting new vacancies in the Business Travel sector so watch this space for more news!

One thing no one can escape now is the presence of social media in the recruitment sector. From Linkedin to Facebook to Twitter, both recruitment companies and prospective employers are searching these sites for their next hire. The impact of social media is huge, it is unavoidable for most of us, personally or professionally. But it shouldn’t be feared, it should be embraced as a fantastic tool for gaining insight in to a new companies ethos, promoting your own skills and resources, job searching, making new contacts and keep up to date with industry trends.

So what can you do to make sure you make the most of your online presence when it comes to looking for a new job?

Check your privacy settings

Make sure you are clear on what your chosen settings mean to those who can view your profile. For sites such as Facebook which are predominantly aimed for personal and social use, you’re best to make sure it’s set to enable only friends to see your posts and NOT the public – you don’t want prospective employers poring through the photo’s your friends have unbeknown to you tagged you in from your “lively” weekend! Avoid any temptation to criticize your current or past employers, it’s not difficult for word to get around, especially if you work in a relatively close knit sector such as travel.

Keep your profiles relevant

Linkedin is an excellent way for recruiters to find talent that matches their jobs. But we can only find relevant people if their job titles, locations and CV’s are fully up to date! Our searches pick up key words so if you are a skilled Business Travel Consultant looking for a new job, make sure that your profile is current and accurate with a detailed description of what you do every day

Make sure your CV matches your profile

This is something we’ve come across a lot recently, a CV is sent to us or posted on one of the large job boards and when we check out the Linkedin profile (because we do!), the CV bears little or no resemblance to the one online. This is both confusing and time consuming as we have to ask you to update one to match the other. It’s also a red flag to prospective employers who get concerned there are reasons why certain jobs have been omitted, even if it is an innocent oversight. Double check your dates, your job titles and of course, eradicate any spelling errors!!

Take time to check when you post updates

Congratulating an airline on being nominated for an award via Twitter, re-posting travel new bulletins on Linked in or snapping your latest client meeting venue on Instagram are all reasonably work related and positive ways of showing you can use social media alongside your job in a structured and useful way. But start filling everyones timeline during working hours with irrelevant posts, GIFs and links to time wasting online games will certainly alert your network to someone who isn’t quite concentrating on the job in hand..

Follow Urbanberry Recruitment on Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest information on new jobs, job hunting and interview tips and advice! Join groups, get active and reach out to people. Don’t be scared when we ask to connect via Linkedin, we like to be able to expand our network – you never know when you, or someone you know will need us!

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