Times have changed, from the days where two sheets of A4 paper neatly, but laboriously compiled after umpteenth of paper thrown as scrap, would be the one which opens your path to a job or is yet another vain attempt at getting the foothold in to one. BIO DATA or the CV as popularly known still holds the prime place as the all important application. The world, however, has since moved on from those days and corporates do have other resources to go see about us.

The first employment could be the break that we’ve been waiting for in order to break through to freedom and light, so we think. In the same way we could be a million rupee investment for the company ,with all those costs involved in HR planning, advertising, short listing, the time consuming interviewing and huge number work hours which could otherwise be productively utilized. The business finally homes in on you saying you’re the one, but what if you are not?

Talk about investment failure. Added to that the salaries, social security the space and energy costs connected to you. Corporates run a huge risk every moment they hire a new employee and that’s the reason why an efficient HR team would leave no stone unturned when it comes to selecting the ideal candidate.

Thus the multilevel search coupled with research of your past and current conduct. Companies resort to various channels to dig information on us and what they discover about us determines our future with them as an employee worthy of the trouble.

In hindsight, it would be naive to think of the CV and the interview as the only sources of information available to the company. While they try to discover us, what if we ourselves keep different avenues open to them to help them in their effort? True, the independent referees play a massive role in promoting our candidacy. However, the corporate search pushes deep. In fact, they actually love to Google us.

For the busy corporate world, social media is a tool for valuable intelligence about us .They wouldn’t fail to dig in on to our Facebook and Twitter, those tools of communication that we actually take for granted. Not being online by deactivating the profiles is no answer, for then we may lose all chance of being shortlisted as no company would take chance on a mysterious person who draws a blank in the cyberspace.

In fact, social media could be quite potent as a means of promotion of ourselves on to the shortlists in HR and might as well push us all the way. So there’s a lot to them than meets than meets the eye.

Just consider our Facebook page. It’s actually a well compiled photo essay of our lives and times and needless to say that pictures do speak plenty things about us. A keen eyed HR team would not fail to notice the team sense, creativity and leadership qualities of the candidate by browsing through his profile. What better way to depict one’s hobbies and achievements than carefully laying them for display on Facebook? Status updates, comments, likes etc. do provide a window to take more than a glimpse of our psyche, attitudes and personality. In essence, Facebook is a virtual library of information about us and it takes less effort for a seasoned pro to hack his way into finding all that there is about us.

Facebook is no secure vault to hide away our secrets but definitely it’s a unique tool for us to do plenty of decent self-promotion. Interviewers love to discover a past with very little inaction in us and how busy we have been could be effortlessly kept on display for the eyes that may be concerned by constantly updating and maintaining the page with multiple evidence of our organizational skills, leadership and teamwork along with the hobbles and achievements to boot. Simply, it’s a showcase of our talents.

Twitter is easier. It needs no pictures and all that’s asked for is a sentence with 100 plus characters. Keep adding a sentence of your ideas, opinions, views and thoughts every now and then and we might easily end up with a Twitter account of more than 1000 comments and re-tweets of our own by the time that much looked for interview comes. Nothing else would give better evidence of our English skills as the constantly tweeting account might depict.

Twitter is public for all to see and there’s no point in hiding comments. Facebook on the other hand comes equipped with various privacy features, but of all those options, what matters most is what the public get to see of us on Facebook. A young adult with the eye on the job has to be focused on creating a public persona and such image building can be greatly enhanced by the tools of social media. To put it in other words, social media could do wonders for personal branding.

Of course what can be quite an image enhancer could easily be a mechanism which could lead to self-destruct as well. ‘Monkey business’ on social media is tantamount to attempted suicide of own character. It’s true that we all care less as carefree commenting and sharing are the norm during the early days of our use of social media. It’s all good and well but the time to grow up has to follow and must come to stay. Our use of the cyber space results in quite a load of evidence of our past being accessible to people around us and beyond , which makes it imperative that a more professional use of the tools of social media shall become our habit when the teenage passes and adulthood creeps in.

Of all the work associated with searching for jobs, the hardest must be that dreaded work called CV preparation. Even in this age of superlative communication, the age old and the time honored method of posting is still the norm. Be that as it may the online tool of LinkedIn can function as a huge addition to the CV. It’s a virtual CV of sorts which is frequently updated and adjusted along with endorsements of our skills and competencies by others who are our connections. LinkedIn comes with multiple features to help make our profile be better and continuous tinkering with it could only lead to a quite good online CV ready for the taking.

If we are in to certain specific action such as sports, drama, music, hiking, speech and social responsibility etc. it would go a long way in bringing dividends if we bother enough to upload our conduct to YouTube. Maintaining a blog may be rather time consuming but then what good thing isn’t?

All in all, when an alert and efficient HR team Googles your name, and such teams are plenty, what’s talked of above and more should be visible down the line plus your effort at cyberspace would reward you, there by contributing to your case as a highly suitable 21st century candidate deserving the job that the company looks for one to receive.

Our electronic profile can take us places. It could open doors and propel us to the head of the lineup, in our attempt to be second to none, thus as the first among the equals at that life changing moment- the dream interview.

Life begins today.

Kelum Samarasena

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