- Set up your own account.
The very first thing you need to do is to set up an account. If you have an existing account, think about how you have used it in the past. Is there anything you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see? If so, it is a good idea to set up another account. You can then use your first account in whatever way you see fit, and you can use your second account for professional purposes.
Instagram recently made it easier than ever to set up an additional account. Log into your first account and then go under your settings. There is a button for “add account.” Doing it this way means that you can switch between your two accounts at will.
When you set up your user name, initially try for your first and last name. If you can’t do that, try your first name, an underscore, and then your last name. If these options are not available, you can put your profession and your name.
- Set up your bio.
After your account is in order, turn your attention to your bio. This is where you list a little about yourself and what type of employment you are interested in. If you hope to secure employment, it is a good idea to mention the fact that you are actively seeking a job.
Another important site when you are looking for a job is LinkedIn. In your bio, put up a link that sends interested parties over to your LinkedIn page as well. You can also send them to a blog or website.
- Come up with content.
If you want to find a job through Instagram, this step is important. Creating content is one way to help yourself get noticed. In addition, set up an Instagram resume. Your top six photos need to have something to do with the job you are interested in, because potential employers are going to look at your profile when communicating with you.
There are a wide variety of pictures that you can put up. For example, you could include an inspirational quote. You can add a personal quote about your intended occupation. You can film a short clip of yourself demonstrating some skill. You can also put up pictures of you on a job or pictures of you in a professional capacity. Finally, it is also great to include personal pictures depicting you as you achieve some type of goal.
- Follow companies you like.
Do a little research and determine which companies you would like to work at. Follow them on your Instagram account. These companies should not be hard to find; simply go to a reputable search engine and type in the company name along with the word “Instagram.” You should get a quick result.
It may be that the company has not set up an account for Instagram. In this case, look for people who are employed at the company you are interested in. Start interacting with them; like pictures and write comments. You can also use hashtags to your advantage as well.
If you are having trouble finding employees, look up the company on LinkedIn. You should find some of their employee names that way. From there, search for those individuals on Instagram. This all involves a little research, so it may not be a quick process, but it is worth it in the end.
Instagram’s search bar can help you as well. If you know a hashtag that is associated with the company, search for it to find more pictures with that hashtag. Tools such as Instamacro allow you to follow and get more Instagram followers on auto.
- Compose messages.
This feature is not as popular on Instagram as others. As a result, you have to be methodical about how you approach it, as some people may not pay attention to your message and others may consider it spam.
Once you have interacted with someone by commenting and liking their pictures, consider messaging them. However, only take this step once you feel you “know” the person that you are communicating with.
As you compose your message, make sure to include a request for an interview. Alternatively, you could tell the individual that you are impressed with their company and would like to secure a position there at some point in the future. Ask the individual if there is anything they recommend to help you get your foot in the door.
That should be all you need to do because your resume is already in your profile! Interested employers can take a look and find out all they need to know about you very quickly.