Develop Work-Oriented Profiles to Get an IT Help Desk Job

By Tyler Regas

Part of Getting an IT Help Desk Job For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Here are some sites you’ll want to take advantage of:

  • Facebook.com: The best way to use Facebook for work is with a Page. Configure your personal account to disallow access from anyone but your friends and family and never make a coworker a friend. Set up your Page with all of the information you need to convey your interests, skills, and successes. This will come in handy when HR scans your Internet activity and finds nice, wholesome, work-related posts instead of you pranking your college buddy while he was in a beer coma.

  • Twitter.com: This social network isn’t exactly designed with private sharing in mind, so don’t share your exploits with your friends on Twitter. Instead, use it as a mule for your Facebook and other larger social network activities. In this form, Twitter will merely be acting as an expansion module so that there are more hits on the web for your posts on Facebook.

  • LinkedIn.com: This is the critical site. Fill it out completely and make sure to watch the Completion gauge. Get it as high as you can and fill in all profile details with at least something. Also, make sure it’s accurate and verifiable. More and more, companies are verifying data these days. The last thing you need is to be caught in a lie, so just don’t lie. Simple.

  • Google+: This network isn’t as easy to use or well trafficked as the others, but it’s important to remember that your goal is distribution. The more you appear across the web, the more hits you’ll have in the search engines.

  • BBM: Don’t laugh. BlackBerry’s significant growth with BBM in 2014 resulted in 170 million users across all mobile devices, not just BlackBerry’s, and 80 percent of them are active on a daily basis. That’s a lot of eyes. Additionally, BlackBerry is still very popular in the business worlds, and having a BBM Channel PIN is a good idea. Try it. You may be surprised how much you like it.

  • SkillPages.com: The site may be new, but it’s growing in influence. One of the more unique aspects of the site is that people can pitch themselves for posted work from potential employers. It’s a little chaotic right now, but the site’s system is getting better organized all the time. It’s a good idea to set up your profile there, as well.