You’ve deleted any questionable photos, adopted a more professional language in posts, and avoided talking about employers online — your social media profiles are ready for you medical sales job search.
Well, not quite. Your social profiles may not have any glaring mistakes or red flags, but do they show medical sales recruiters what they’re looking for in a candidate?
More employers are using social media to find the candidates they want, not just to rule out those who post unprofessional content. That means your social profiles are valuable when it comes to finding a new medical sales job.
Here are some of the top things recruiters are looking for and how to use the information to boost your profiles:
Medical sales recruiters want to know where you worked and how long you worked there. Although they can find this information on your resume, they’re looking at your social media profiles to back that information up. In fact, 74 percent of recruiters surveyed by Jobvite this year said they look for the average length of job tenure on social profiles.
Recruiters are looking to see how long you typically stay in a job — or how committed you are to employers. If you have a history of job hopping, there’s no need to panic.
Use your social profiles to show your professional commitment in other ways. Share your volunteer work, your knowledge of the industry, and your passion with details about your experience in medical sales jobs, no matter how many employers you’ve worked for.
Why you’re leaving
In addition to your overall job tenure record, recruiters want to know how long you’ve worked in your current medical sales job — 57 percent of respondents to the Jobvite survey look for the length of tenure with a candidate’s current employer on social media.
Looking at how long you’ve been with your current employer can give recruiters insight as to why you’re looking for a new job. If you’ve been with the same employer for many years, a departure could signal that you’re looking for money and opportunities. If you’ve only been in your current medical sales job for less than a year, a recruiter may think you’re flighty and that you don’t know what you want from your career.
When communicating with recruiters and potential employers, clearly explain why you’re looking for a new opportunity without badmouthing your employer or co-workers. Be honest with recruiters about what you’re looking for in your next medical sales job so they can better determine if you’re the right fit.
Communication skills and relationship building are critical in medical sales, and recruiters are looking to social media to see how you communicate in that forum. Recruiters are not only looking to see if you communicate professionally with correct spelling and grammar, but also want to know if you can communicate effectively.
Can you speak with authority and clarity on industry and other current events? Do you post rants or do you back up your opinions with facts and research? How do you communicate with your colleagues?
These are all details medical sales recruiters are looking for to see if you have the communication skills necessary to become an effective rep.
Recruiters are also checking out your social profiles to see what professional organizations you belong to, the Jobvite survey found.
You don’t have to belong to professional medical sales organizations to impress recruiters, but you do have to interact with the community. Join groups on LinkedIn and other social media platforms, get involved in Twitter chats and other conversations, and engage with other professionals. The more engaged you are with the online community and the more your social media profile reflects your professional interests in medical sales, the better.
Although the thought of recruiters scouring your social media profiles isn’t comforting, you don’t have to worry. Use social media to present the information recruiters are looking for, and fill in the gaps when you communicate with them throughout the hiring process.
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