Carlene Headley
over 6 months ago
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Hello, Everyone I have over 15 years in retail and was recently terminated from my job. When I attend career workshops, I'm being told that recruiters and h.r. managers are more likely to look at your resume if you have a LinkedIn or Facebook profile. I chose to have neither. Is this hurting my chances to obtain employment??

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Amanda Fakhreddine

Hi Carlene,

I don't know if they are more likely to look at your resume if you have a social profile, but I do know that's another way they can find and recruit you for positions. Recruiters often use social media sites to find people who have credentials and experience they are searching for. You can use your Jobcase profile as a way to also get in front of new employers - you can upload your resume to Jobcase to complete your profile, and then employers will be able to search for you on this site! Feel free to send me a message if you need any help, or have any questions!

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Edmond Bundy

Carlene, so sorry to hear about tour previous job. It took me a long time to get involved with the digital social digital universe that's so popular today. The advantage I've found with these sites is the member collaboration and networking opportunities I've found. Your job search is not completely limited but it helps.

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Alvin Burns

Not having an online career presence doesn't hurt your chances but it's another useful job hunting vehicle.

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Patricia Yak

Carlene, I don't use Facebook but I do use LinkedIn for professional networking. It gives you the opportunity to write a short summary about yourself and recruiters often find me through LinkedIn. You don't say what area of retail you're in but, for exampe, your intro could say: "experienced woman's retail clothing professional with over 15 years expereince, expertise in inventory control, merchandising and managing a team. " then you could put bullet points highlighting skills, places you've worked or positions and ask colleagues to recommend you. LinkedIn also allows you to follow different companies and join groups including alumni from corporations and schools. In short, It's a great resource that can make your search easier. Best of luck.

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John Neufield

I can't tell you the percentage of emphasis that social media sites are given, however as our economy embraces social media for marketing and sales, so should any person who is employed, unemployed or other. It will be important to chose relevant media groups that can leverage your skills and network contacts for sharing information.

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Ashley Hrt

I don't think it is hurting you however it does increase you getting a new position quicker. Once you have created a Linked in account it allows you to apply for jobs with out having to attached your resume. It is a good tool to use. The interaction and connections also help other's recognize your skills and endorse you for them. If you do how ever have a Face book page ensure that it is set up as private and the only individuals that can view it are those of YOUR friends and not Friends of Friends. Recruiters will check your face book page as well when looking into you for a possible employee.

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GMick Smith

LinkedIn is the industry standard. The platform is growing by leaps and bounds and the job search is much different than 15 years ago. The best recruiters are looking at LinkedIn first and thereafter only a resume. Bear in mind that if you are just submitting resumes you need to beat the applicant tracking system first. If you cannot beat the ATS system a live person may not be seeing your resume at all.

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Joseph Moser

I don't know what you mesn by the phrase "in retail" If you were a floor sales person or otherwise direct-customer intereaction job, then a profile on either of those websites shouldnot beofany help to you. If yoour work was more onein the "back office" (e.g., purchasing, advertising, merchandizing) then a recruiter MIGHT look at such sites for someone with special experience. If you were a store executive then, definitely, you should avail yourself of the broader exposure from social media. If you are applying to stores (not the most promising approach now that every experrt (plus those of us whoviwsitmalls) is predicting more and more store closures) then a simple resume showing some distinctives accomplishments - not just a litany of the kind of work the jobs entailed - swhould standf you in good stead as you apply directly. If you are trying to get into another career field, then anew resume, some new training and the use of social media are all recommended.

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