Social media is the future of job hunting. Whether candidates use it to find potential employers and apply for jobs or hiring managers use it to find out more about potential employees, social media is here to stay. According to US News, “The Society for Human Resource Management’s 2013 survey, Social Networking Websites and Recruiting/Selection, found 77 percent of organizations use social networking sites to recruit potential job candidates.” Here are some mistakes you should avoid on social media while searching for a job.
1. Having your profile on private
While it may seem like having all of your social networks on complete private might be a good way to make sure a recruiter does not see
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something you don’t want them to, this is not necessarily a good idea. Hiding your profile may make the recruiter think that you have something to hide. Having polished and neat social media pages is a good way to show a potential employer who you are and if you are a good fit for their company.
2. Talking negatively about your current or past employers
Even if you are not saying anything bad about the companies you are trying to get a job at, if a potential employer looks at your profile and sees that you speak negatively about your current employers or bosses it may strongly hurt your chances of getting hired.
3. Posting Inappropriate Pictures
Social media is forever. Remember that the things that you post can never truly be removed.
4. Not liking potential employer’s brand pages
Liking a company’s page is a good way to show that you are interested and involved.
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5. Not keeping your profiles up to date
When you are busy hunting for a job, you want your social media profiles to reflect your current qualifications. If you are a recent college grad, you do not want your “about me” on Facebook to still say you are a high school senior or college freshman. On LinkedIn, you want to try to make sure that you list all of your current certifications and work experience.
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Title: Social Media apps
By: Jason Howle
Title: “Job Search”
US News Article: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/04/16/how-to-use-social-media-to-land-a-job