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Ashton Sixth Form College: Building Your Personal Brand in a Digital Age

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These slides were prepared for a 'Raising Aspirations' event to be held at Ashton Sixth Form College.
*Cancer scans meant I was unable to present

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Ashton Sixth Form College: Building Your Personal Brand in a Digital Age

  1. 1. Dr Bex Lewis @drbexl Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing 12 February 2019 Building Your Personal Brand in a Digital Age #RealisingAspirations #ASFC2019
  2. 2. Today’s Plan: Digital Literacy • What do you know about each other? • Making yourself look good • Optimising for social media platforms • Do your research • Setting up an action plan
  3. 3. Digital Literacy "digital literacy defines those capabilities which fit an individual for living, learning and working in a digital society” https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-digital-literacies
  4. 4. Benefits of social media in your job search (Guardian, 2018) • You can apply for advertised roles easily and quickly • You are more visible to recruiters who are using social media to advertise their jobs and source candidates • You can build your network and engage with a wider audience across multiple social channels • You can create positive PR by presenting testimonials, endorsements and presentations of your work onto your social media accounts, blog and/or website • You can speak to recruiters, head-hunters and prospective employers throughout your job search by engaging with them across all channels in real time
  5. 5. What do you know about each other?
  6. 6. Some estimate that upwards of 85% of open positions are filled through networking. Payscale.com (2017) Social Networking? Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash
  7. 7. Search Yourself… “It is worthwhile carrying out a search like this at least once a month to make sure that there is no information showing that you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see.” Thomas Lancaster Photo by Benjamin Dada on Unsplash
  8. 8. Before you post…. Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash • Parents • Younger Kids • Employers • Newspapers • Your worst enemy
  9. 9. Deleting Data? “When you apply for a new job, many employers will try to find and evaluate your social media presence to ascertain if you are a suitable candidate. A misjudged tweet from years ago or an inappropriate Facebook photo can destroy future job prospects or ruin a career. A Google search that reveals an old conviction can make it more difficult to become hired, and -- whether true or not -- allegations of criminal conduct spread online can cause misery.” https://zd.net/2zhbkjY
  10. 10. Making yourself look good
  11. 11. Being Visible If someone can’t find you online, they’re actually going to think there’s something very strange about that and not trust you. In the digital sense, not having great profiles online is the same as not turning up to a meeting. Natasha Courtenay-Smith (2018) Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash
  12. 12. Vision & Values • What is important to you? • What do you stand for? • What do you stand against? See: http://bit.ly/CreateValues Photo by Nathan Lemon on Unsplash
  13. 13. Providing the positive … What words would you associate with positive traits when job hunting? e.g. •Hard-worker •Passion for subject •Good communicator Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash
  14. 14. Finding the right words… • Words are KEY – what words do you want people to associate with you, remember about you, and find you via search? • Some useful websites: • https://www.thebalancecareers.com/action-verbs-and- power-words-for-your-resume-2063179 • https://jobmob.co.il/blog/positive-personality-adjectives/ • https://owlcation.com/humanities/how-to-describe-yourself • https://jobmob.co.il/blog/positive-resume-action-verbs/
  15. 15. Be Found: Keywords • Name (s) • Job title (s) • Skills • Values • Industry jargon, acronyms, experience • (Dream) company name (s) Photo by Charles Deluvio 🇵🇵🇵🇵 on
  16. 16. Optimising for Social Media Platforms
  17. 17. • LinkedIn • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • YouTube • Blogs Which platforms?
  18. 18. LinkedIn • 530 million current users • Corporate companies use • Sharing job postings • Look up potential hires • Ask current staff about potential hires • Online CV. Make sure you: • Update profile • Make connections • Join groups
  19. 19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc7f41l9lu8
  20. 20. Facebook • 2,271 million active users (still growing) • Ask friends for any jobs related to your interests, and/or refer you to people in your field • Like company pages • Join groups in your interest area, join conversations, ask for opportunities • Search ‘Jobs on Facebook’
  21. 21. Twitter • 326 million current users • Understand more about the company applying to from their posts • Find jobs: common jobsearch hashtags: • #nowhiring • #jobs • #joblisting • #jobposting • Job title keywords (#marketing #manager #advertising #sales) http://bit.ly/2PBzeAA
  22. 22. Instagram • 1,000 million active users • Demonstrate your passion for your job search field by posting about it frequently - demonstrating understanding • Use appropriate hashtags, e.g. #photography #marketing #digitalmarketing #freelance • Make the most of visual options – especially photography students
  23. 23. YouTube • 1,900 million active users • Set up your own channel, and give video samples of your work • Most frequent search term ‘How Do I?’ – can you capitalise on this? • Demonstrate your presentation and communication skills • Consider an ‘elevator pitch’ highlighting your career related skills and passions
  24. 24. Blogs • 400 million on Tumblr alone • 26% of blogs are on Wordpress • You can SHOW rather than TELL prospective employers that you are passionate about their field. • Offer guest posts to blogs with bigger followings in your field • Comment on other people’s blogs, IF you have something to say
  25. 25. Own Blog Guest Blogging http://bit.ly/CitySharentinghttp://drbexl.co.uk/
  26. 26. Blog Content • Blog about what you know, and explore content that relates to your desired job. • Ensure that the material is accurate and well written – and optimised to keywords. • Comment on press coverage and market trends relevant to your industry/profession. • Avoid negative rants on a blog. • Think carefully about any mix of personal/professional • More useful tips: http://bit.ly/CareerEnl
  27. 27. Other Social Media Platforms? • Pinterest: Create appropriate boards collecting material together, or demonstrate collections of own work • Snapchat: Follow potential employers, learn about companies/industries, tell a story, show your creativity • Wakelet: Collect together tweets, insta, etc. from an event, or content from across the web to demonstrate your knowledge • Reddit: Look up e.g. /jobsearchhacks/
  28. 28. Keep producing content, join conversations, and be findable for key terms: “You just wrote an awesome article about the latest features of Adobe InDesign and what that means for graphic designers everywhere. You shared it on social media. Friends and family shared and retweeted your article. People loved it. Your future employer will be knocking on your door any second, right? Wrong. Establishing a consistent voice will not only help establish you as an expert in your field, which is an attractive quality to potential employers, your content will also be more likely to be displayed on a search engine results page. Start by producing at least one quality piece of content a week and then try to increase that to a daily output.” http://bit.ly/MonsterSEOArticle
  29. 29. ‘Being’ on Social Media • Make connections • Avoid broadcasting – engage instead – listen and respond • Repeat sparingly, link to other social media • Tone: friendly, real, genuine • Keep ‘selling’ to only 5% • ENJOY IT
  30. 30. Do your research
  31. 31. Research Research Research • Learn about the industry you want to join • Learn about the companies in that industry • Learn about the people in those companies • Learn about the platforms and tools those people use • Learn about the content they are sharing on those platforms JOIN IN ON THE RIGHT PLATFORMS
  32. 32. Research Tips • Follow relevant companies and individuals in your industry or network, learn about them (in general, and for job interviews) • Get involved in Facebook and LinkedIn Groups related to your industry and let people on there know the type of role you are looking for • Initiate conversations with individuals and companies on any interesting topics related to your industry on other social media platforms • Keep up to date with the news in the field, in the industry – develop thoughts, opinions, recommendations…
  33. 33. Keep things up to date
  34. 34. Don’t forget the paper shares…
  35. 35. Preparing a plan of action
  36. 36. Set up a social media plan of action What are you going to do over the next month to develop your social media presence and engagement? •Define 10-15 keywords you want to be found by: think about the kind of content you could produce around there. •Define the platforms where you want to develop content. •Define at least 5 places to look for further information and job opportunities, or companies that you want to follow on social media
  37. 37. Further Reading
  38. 38. What do you want people to know about you, and where do you want them to find you? PRODUCE & ENGAGE THERE!