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4 Social media mistakes to avoid during your job search

By Courtney Jones

social media mistakes to avoidRecruiters and hiring managers are creeps.

It’s a proven fact.

In fact, there’s probably a very scientific study somewhere showing that among the internet’s most diligent creepers, they would rank higher than an ex when it comes to creeping your social profiles.

A creeper (in the very prestigious urban dictionary) is defined as: “ Someone who uses Facebook but is looking at other peoples’ profiles, going through their pictures, their statuses, their wall posts, their picture comments;  subscribed to random people or their pages.”

They’re online. And they’re everywhere. This study states that 93% of recruiters are likely to look at a Candidate’s social media profile. So when it comes to your job search and social media, avoid these common mistakes if you want to take you and your digital footprint through the front door of your dream job.

  1. Compromising photos

We all have a life outside of work, but posting (what some may deem) inappropriate photos will give off the wrong idea about your extra-curricular activities. During your job search, you may want to take your profile to the next level with your privacy settings. Sure, you may not upload a photo yourself, but ones you’re tagged in by friends will also appear in your timeline. Double check your privacy approval settings to be safe.

2. Appearing over opinionated

Employers tend to see it as a positive if potential employees have a view on a certain topic. However, they can also easily be put off if they perceive those views to be too radical and/or opinionated.

3. Inviting your interviewer to connect with you on Facebook

This is a big no-no and happens a lot more than you think. Interviewers want to see the “true you,” so they’re being friendly and approachable-- but they aren’t trying to befriend you. Just because you've hit it off with your interviewer, it doesn’t meant that you should feel comfortable enough to invite them to be a friend. More often than not, this will leave an impression that you’ve crossed an unwritten boundary.

4. Avoid remarks about your workplace

You should never make negative remarks about your previous workplace or employer during a job interview; neither should you bad-mouth them online. A future employer will think that if you can write that about another company, then surely you can write the same thing about theirs.

Social media connects us all, but avoid these common mistakes if you want to be connected to the right career opportunity.


by Courtney Jones

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