Forsythes HR’s Emily Bowen Career Advice for Millennials

What is the best source for tips and advice, for your career and job search?

How about listening to recruiters?

 

Recruiters are in the business of helping people find jobs, and careers.  Emily Bowen is the HR projects manager from Forsythes HR, and below is her bio.

 

 

Emily BowenWorking alongside highly experienced and forward thinking professionals in the human resources industry, I have refined my skills in a demanding, competitive and fast paced marketplace. I am currently working with a wide variety of clients across private, government and not for profit sectors and using contemporary human resources, organisational development and recruitment solutions to develop their people and drive results through positive culture and empowered leadership.

I value giving back to the local region and actively building relationships with like minded professionals through my voluntary positions as Vice President of the Hunter Young Professionals, Committee Member of AHRI Newcastle Network and other community-based initiatives.

 

 

Emily was kind enough to share her insight in an interview. Below is her take on social media and skills that millennials have to consider in their career and job search.

 

 

Social media plays a big role in the selection processes of today. Do millennials use it effectively, in your opinion?

 

 

Social media has many uses in recruitment. A job searcher could access company profiles to research companies they wish to work for or prepare for interviews, just like employers and recruiters can research candidates.

And most millennials use social media well and it isn’t difficult to do so. LinkedIn has informal rules, which are generally easy to understand and I find millennials are quick to adapt to these rules.

Other platforms such as Instagram and Facebook are all part of the equation as well though and these need to be considered when you are looking for work. Think about what you are posting, what your friends are tagging you in and how you use your privacy settings.

 

 

Professional media sites such as LinkedIn are used by millennials. It cannot be seen in isolation, as employers may check other profiles such as Facebook as reference. How do millennials fare in this area?

 

 

Although it is acknowledged that LinkedIn is for professional use, and sites such as Facebook are primarily for personal use, it would be foolish to think that an employer or recruiter would only look at your LinkedIn profile when considering you for an opportunity.

The life that you share on social media can be a great tool for us to find out about a person’s personality, which is particularly important for ensuring a culture fit and alignment in values between the organisation and the individual.

Oppositely, it would be foolish to post inappropriate content. There is always the chance than an employer may search for you on social media so you need to consider how you are being viewed online.

 

Leading on, social media is often solely focused on LinkedIn. Maintaining a professional image online is one way of pushing your odds up as a job candidate. What tips can you give?

 

 

When profiling yourself on LinkedIn it’s about the language you use to present yourself and the platforms within your profile that you choose to leverage. Think about who you are targeting and how you can best communicate and connect with them. What are they interested in knowing about you?

For example, including some brief insight into who you are as a professional under the summary section on LinkedIn is the perfect place to start to introduce yourself. It can also be really valuable to add projects and achievements to show what you are capable of, what you are passionate about and how you are different to the other 386 million users.

 

It is important to be genuine, personable and to the point.

 

 

How important is cultural fit, for a company?

 

 

Culture fit is hugely important for both the organisation and the employee. By employing candidates who fit the culture of the organisation, you will feel the positive impact it has on the engagement and motivation of the individual, and in turn the impact on productivity and even bottom line profit for the organisation.

 

 

For job seekers, is it important?

 

 

Absolutely. During the attraction and selection process it is important that the organisation assesses a candidate’s culture fit with the team, but it is just as important that the candidate assesses the organisations fit with their own values.

 

As an employee you want to ensure that you are working for an organisation that you believe in and that you are connected to the purpose; the why. You need to know why you turn up every day and what impact you are having on the bigger picture. If you are engaged in the why, you will feel energised and rewarded.

 

 

Social skills are on the rise in demand by companies. How would you go about showcasing your soft skills?

 

 

It is important to understand that every touch point you have with a recruiter or employer is an opportunity to demonstrate your soft skills. Whether it be your LinkedIn profile, a telephone conversation, your resume or interview.

 

On LinkedIn, take the time to build your profile using examples of projects you have worked on, community involvement, and awards and achievements to give substance to your experience.

 

 

 

Thanks Emily for sharing your insight.

 

What did you think? How do you showcase your ‘intangible’ skills?

Please share your stories and advice in the comments below.

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