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Recently our very own Helen Hammond was asked to contribute her two cents to a new book titled ‘Employability: Making the Most of your Career Development’. Authored by John Neugebauer and Jane Evans-Brain, ‘Employability’ sets out to give guidance to students and employees at any stage of their career wanting to succeed in today’s competitive job market.


Considered an expert in social media, Helen has contributed a chapter advising job search candidates on using social media as an essential part of their networking and job search strategy.

Keep reading for an excerpt from her chapter and if you’re interested in reading the book as a whole you can buy it from Amazon here.

The reality is that it simply isn’t possible to ignore LinkedIn and expect to get the top jobs any longer. A 2013 study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 77 per cent of employers were using social networks to recruit, a sharp increase from the 56 per cent who reported doing so in 2011. And amongst the recruiters using social tools, 94 per cent said they were using LinkedIn. When the study was repeated in 2015, 87 per cent of HR professionals said it was either very or somewhat important for job seekers to have a social media presence on LinkedIn and that in 2015 alone nearly two-thirds of organisations (65 per cent) had hired new employees who were sourced through social media sites.

‘Employability’ is a book crammed with information and useful advice, the perfect read for anyone looking to enhance their career. It has picked up some great reviews, including…

“Employability examines the challenges facing students and those already in work in the contemporary employment market. Its practical approach, interspersed with relevant theory, provides useful hints, tips and practical suggestions, making it a must-read for those who want to understand and explore a wide spectrum of employability-related questions and issues. I would recommend this book to anyone who is on the employability journey.” (Susan Durbin 2016-05-24)