Using social media can dramatically improve your chances of getting an Apprenticeship. However, using it unwisely can have adverse effects on your search for the dream position. Below are some top tips, which will help you harness the power of social media and use it to your advantage!

Keep it clean

It may surprise you but social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter are often used by companies to research their applicants. Therefore it’s probably time to freshen up your digital presence by removing inappropriate pictures, statuses or tweets, as it is unlikely potential employers will find them amusing!

Do your research!

Companies and employers may use social media to research possible candidates, so why not do the same and research possible employers? Facebook and Twitter are great tools to research companies. These platforms will give you a good overview of the company including its background, recent highlights and more!

Create a LinkedIn account

LinkedIn is a brilliant resource for Apprenticeship hunters. The online networking site allows you to upload your CV and connect with people in your chosen field. Your profile on this site should be employer friendly too and you should make sure that your profile reflects the type of job that you want. You can find out so much about a company from their profile and having a LinkedIn account will show employers that you are professional and keen to find an Apprenticeship.

Get rid of the inappropriate email

Unfortunately that perfect, snarky, witty, oh-so-cool nickname you have attached to your e-mail address can be a career killer. Studies find that CVs linked to job candidates with quirky and “unprofessional” e-mail names are rated lower by potential employers than those with professional names. Keep it simple and just use your name to create your email address.

Would you like some more advice and guidance on how to use social media to your advantage? Contact our Apprenticeship Team today – call 01282 440 319 or email apprenticeships@nelson.ac.uk