Having social media accounts can go both ways, it can either help or hurt your chances of landing and holding your career in the medical field.
As a future nurse practitioner or physician assistant, you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to get your name out there in a positive manner. Finding that perfect job match and climbing the ladder of success can be a challenge on its own, so make things a little easier for yourself by properly using your social media presence.
In a recent survey conducted by AMN Healthcare, it was reported that 9 out of 10 healthcare professionals used social media for professional reasons. If you haven’t already used this strategy, then you should definitely think about taking advantage of this easy to use tool. In fact, when you are digging deep online for that dream job, take these helpful tactics into consideration to get the biggest bang out of your social media buck.
Do Network and Then Network Some More
The list of social media sites is seemingly endless these days, but the most relevant for your job-hunting purposes will be:
Do these sound familiar? Having more than 3 in effect is fairly common and can give you the upper hand in networking. Certain situations may play out as seven degrees of separation, but anything to get your foot in the door can ultimately work to your benefit. Utilizing these tools may help you to reacquaint with the friend of a friend’s sister who knows a doctor who is hiring.
With over 78% of Americans on social media in 2016, it’s safe to say that you’ll have a high likelihood of running across some old acquaintances, new friends, and potential employers who you can send a direct message to. Or at the very least, take a peek at their profile to get a better understanding of who they are, which can come in handy during that interview.
Networking is undeniably one of the most useful tools one can use to get recognized and stand out from others who are applying for the same position. If you only have presence on one social media site, get to working on your next two. By making yourself accessible on as many platforms as possible, your chances of gaining employment exponentially increase.
Another excellent form of networking that can be done over social media is joining groups that are related to your field of interest. Joining in on those discussions can sometimes lead you to the right person or catalyst for your needs. Platforms such as Facebook offer such groups and all you have to do is search a bit then request them as a friend. Another option is to create your own group then invite your colleagues and friends to join in. By the time you realize it, your group might just grow to the hundreds! Just remember to keep the material you are posting positive and clean, you want to give off your BEST impression. You never know who is looking.
Do Sell Yourself
When you are creating your profiles, make sure that you have the best intentions in mind. What do you want the world to know about you and how do you want to be perceived? A good tip is to include that you are seeking employment in the medical field somewhere in your bio. Also, talk about the passion that you hold for helping others and making a difference in the lives of others. These sort of statements can help when recruiters are checking out your online presence.
Though it may seem a bit exaggerated to state this, try to bear in mind that creating your profile should be treated like creating the masterpiece of your life. You want nothing, but the most positive information and tasteful photos that exemplify who you are as a individual and professional. Posting memes and quotes are a huge trend right now, but you need to remember to avoid posting anything that might be offensive to others, as this can possibly lead to hiring managers immediately dismissing your profile.
Always keep things in a respectable and friendly tone to stay headed in the right direction.
Do Remember to be Cautious
On sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook, your followers and connections can see things that you are “liking”. If you are about to “like” a post of something or someone that doesn’t seem too appropriate, think twice about doing so. This might come as a surprise to you if you are a new social media user, but the last thing you want is for a friend or acquaintance to take notice that you looking at, and liking, posts that are highly inappropriate or offensive.
People talk, and with the advent of the Internet, word gets around even faster!
If you want to avoid what people are able to see on your profiles, then set them to private mode. To find out whether or not your social media platform provides this option, all you have to do is some simple research to figure out how to do so.
Social media is running the Internet in the year 2016, so you want to be sure you are doing all the right things to help your career prospects.