This week, the conversation focuses on social media and its overall impact on the job landscape today. Our featured guest is Professor Lauren Kenyo of Ohio University. Professor Kenyo is currently teaching in the Management Information Systems department at the school.
February 10, 2015 – Interviewed by Scott Proietti
1. What is your best piece of networking advice to any job seeker?
LK:Take advantage of every opportunity to introduce yourself and talk with new people in many different industries; you never know where a new connection may lead. Also, don’t burn bridges. You might need those connections again some day.
2. How has social media changed the overall job landscape today?
Social media has extended the reach of recruiters and hiring managers. The pool of potential candidates extends further than it did in the past.
3. What is your preferred social media account and why?
When looking for a position, LinkedIn is a social media outlet that many employers use to find potential candidates. A LinkedIn profile is similar to an online resume, so make sure your information is updated and that you’ve included your key skills, experiences, certifications, etc.
4. What do prospective job seekers need to be aware of when posting on social media?
Social media can help get you or prevent you from getting a job. People need to remember that social media makes their life more public, no matter what privacy settings they’ve chosen. Only post things that you would feel comfortable showing to your employer.