Remember: you’re always looking for a job. Even if you have a job, even if you still have years of school left, even if you’re technically unable to accept work right now, keeping yourself in a non-stressful job seeking mode is beneficial to you. Every time you make contact with a potential employer, you learn your value in the job market and you get better at talking about yourself. Learning about yourself sets you up for success not just in jobs but in all aspects of your life. So stop what you’re doing right now, Google your name, and make sure that you’ve done these three things to make your online presence as valuable as possible:
Have you ever made anything, not for grades or money, but just to do something valuable? If so, tell the world about it. If you only have grades and test scores, people can’t see that you’re passionate. Whether it’s a website, an app, a book, or your own small business, making something immediately increases your odds during your next job interview. If you’re an engineer, build your own website, now. Create an app that solves a problem, even a small one. If you’re in marketing or business, publish your own ebook with carefully researched knowledge on your area of expertise. Work on this big project in your spare time until it’s done. It will give you something to talk about and exercise the creative parts of your brain, giving you more energy with which to tackle challenges in the rest of your life.
Do you have a Facebook or Instagram page? Chances are, you have some things on there that you don’t want to share with a potential employer. And that’s ok. You should have a life outside of your job and you’re entitled to your privacy. That’s why you should actively use the privacy settings made available to you on social profiles. Instagram and Twitter have “locked” settings to keep your profile off of searches and public timelines.
Make sure you’re telling the world you’re an “engineer,” not an “enigneer.” Don’t let spelling undermine all the hard work you’ve done. Make sure your online portfolio and LinkedIn profile has had a good solid edit for proper English spelling and grammar, too. In addition to plain old spelling, you may have issues with using conflicting verb tenses, missing commas, etc. Don’t feel bad; if your résumé is not perfect, you’re not alone. Like financial challenges, language challenges can be a problem for natural-born Americans, as well! If you’re not confident with your English abilities, ask a friend or use a service like Upwork to hire a proper editor for a short review. It looks so much better when you share a carefully edited online profile with potential employers.