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How to use social media to your advantage when job hunting

How to use social media to your advantage when job hunting

While a public social media profiles can cause more harm than good to your chances of landing a particular job in facilities management, there are ways to fine tune your profiles to make them work to your advantage. The main thing is to ensure that you are perceived in the way you want to be by your prospective employers. Here is how you can achieve this.

Choose your presence wisely

If used correctly, social media accounts can be quite effective when it comes to your job hunting journey, especially those designed for the professional industry like LinkedIn. By completing relevant information like your work history, training and qualifications, you are putting all of your achievements on show for recruiters to see, which can allow them to know more about your professional background before they invite you in for an interview.

Although sites like Facebook and Instagram are primarily centred around your social lifestyle, there are still ways that your profile can catch an employer's eye, in a good way.

If a particular facilities management role requires you to be a strong team player, then seeing glimpses of your participation in group activities can help to showcase relevant skills.

If you are passionate about a subject, then having a blog which you update regularly can also be a fantastic way of letting employers know how good you are at communicating. It can also highlight many more strengths to your personality and work ethics that you might not be able to display during interviews.

Consider how you come across to others

You should be aware that recruiters can see every picture and comment on your Facebook page unless you take the time and care to set your profile as private. However, you can choose to allow people to see restricted information relating to your account, including your profile picture, featured images, tagline, work history and much more. Use this to your advantage and think about setting a professional photographic image and making your work and volunteering experiences stand out.

When it comes to taglines, email addresses and personal links, try to maintain professionalism and consistency. For instance, don't display an email address that might attract the wrong kind of attention (like 'crazykelly@' or 'ilovemarmite@') and it may be wise not to use a tagline that isn't in line with how you wish to portray yourself. Also, think about bringing all of your social media profiles together and using the same profile name and URL link for all.

Looking for roles using social media

While news of job openings can be spread via all sorts of social media platforms, Twitter is particularly good for reaching out to potential recruiters. Individuals can advertise their availability and skills by using the hashtag and make it known that they are looking for work. Furthermore, if you want to go directly to a hub for the facilities management industry, then consider joining discussion boards or forums on related subjects where you can network and identify roles that might interest you.

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Understanding counter-terrorism best practices for effective facilities management

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Counter-terrorism plays a very big role in the security and safety of a 21st-century facility and continues to be a priority commitment for staff in facilities management. With anybody a target in this modern society, there are so many potential threats to security. As such, implementing best practices for effectively preventing hate crimes is vital to any place of work.

Knowing the Risks

First and foremost, to be sure of staying compliant with safety and security systems, the head of facilities management should be aware of and be able to recognise the risks so that they can put all of the necessary measures in place. This will be different for each and every property and business type. For example, a small surveyor's office in the suburbs might need a different security system to a governmental headquarters based in a big city like the capital.

That said, effective risk assessment will take into consideration the methods of recruiting new employees and carrying out background checks, as well as welcoming visitors and maintaining the flow of customers or other individuals, like delivery drivers, entering and leaving the building. Therefore, any occupied building presents a challenge. Technology is currently an effective preventative measure thanks to many recent advancements, but basic best practices and relying on the intuition of staff are still key.

Planning and Communicating

It is vital for facilities management employees to have a plan of action in place to respond to certain situation, no matter how extreme and rare. However, what's just as important is communicating these expectations and requirements to the rest of the occupants - even the visitors. Fire safety information should be displayed around the building, and those arriving on site should have an idea of what to do in the event of an emergency.

Mass Notification Systems, or MNS, are available for larger facilities and help to spread the word about an imminent threat and allow leaders to take charge with overall direction of the premises and those within it. These are particularly useful for buildings with multiple departments spread across many floors or properties with cafes or big communal areas.

Prioritising and Coordinating

While maintenance isn't always seen as a priority, some regular maintenance is required to ensure that a building performs in the way it should when targeted by a terrorist attack, whether that is arson or another type of threat. Fire safety is highly important, and all systems should be thoroughly and regularly tested to make sure that they meet regulations. This includes having third-party companies come to conduct tests on equipment and how they function in the event of a critical emergency.

In addition, by coordinating with local fire, security and law enforcement bodies, like the fire service community police and the local government, facilities management teams can learn from their expertise and use this to implement better security measures that are more appropriate to the local area. In the event of an emergency, it is so important for everyone to work together in harmony, including these outside organisations who have the potential to respond to issues and help ensure the safety of a building's occupants.