Learn How to Get (and Lose) a Job on Social Media

Job seekers and graduates looking for work will learn how to stand out for the right reasons at a new workshop at Little Tokyo Two on March 14.

Presented by former Google and Facebook recruiter Sian Havard of career consultancy Milkshake Group, and former Newman Government staffer Kate Wilson of Cinc Social Media, The Social Network: How to Get (and Lose) a Job on Social Media will give attendees valuable insight into the latest recruitment techniques, and what recruiters are really looking for in candidates.

“A lot of candidates these days believe they are quite social media savvy, but there are still many things recruiters could come across online which would make them question a candidate’s judgement, maturity and how they may respond to workplace scenarios before they even properly review the person’s application,” Ms Havard said.

“On the other hand, social media used correctly is an awesome opportunity to find the perfect job and get an edge over other candidates.”

Ms Havard said as a recruiter she had hired candidates as a result of their social media activities designed to get themselves noticed.

“Candidates still need to have the relevant experience and skills for the job, but if they are clever in the way they interact with companies via social media they can get the attention of key decision makers like recruiters and company CEOs and get a job out of it. I have hired a number of people this way during my career.”

In contrast, Ms Wilson has spent years cleaning up social media disasters that cost people their careers. She said the stakes are getting higher for people doing or saying the wrong thing online.

“Recently we’ve seen a comedy writer sacked for attacking Donald Trump’s son, a school’s social media manager dumped for correcting a child’s spelling, and an executive assistant in Malcolm Turnbull’s office suspended for expressing a political opinion on Facebook,” Ms Wilson said.

“It’s become very common for huge groups on Twitter and Facebook to demand people lose their job, sometimes for quite innocent mistakes or actions that have been taken out of context.

“Businesses and organisations can’t afford to weather the storm of criticism and media attention, it is much easier to ask someone to resign.

“Twitter then moves on to the next controversy, leaving the victim with a shattered reputation and no job prospects. It can be brutal - but it is possible to recover.”

Tickets to The Social Network: How to Get (and Lose) a Job on Social Media are on sale now.

Kate Wilson