In the current employment climate, the role of Social Media has never been more important than ever. Used properly it can make you, it could land you that perfect job. Not used properly though, it can lead to you being overlooked for that job, or even worse, losing it. So here’s our top Social Media Advice When Job Hunting, that you can follow.
Top 6 Social Media Advice When Job Hunting
An “Interesting” Profile Name or Email address
Whilst it may have been cool at the time to call yourself “Cool Dude” back in the Uni or School Days, it may not be such a good idea now. The same can be said of your profile description. If there is anything in there that could be judged as inappropriate, rude or in bad taste, it’s probably time for a refresh. This can be the same for your email address. It may be time for an update to make it more professional.
Keep It Clean
Use of swearing, offensive or bigoted viewpoints, sexual references or references to drugs or alcohol should be avoided, particularly if accompanied by pictures. What may be intended as humour or what was just a poor decision to post, whatever the reason, could be something you will come to regret. If your profile, particularly your recent posts contain such content, it might be time to clean up your act.
Things that make you seem unprofessional
We’ve all seen those GIF’s that someone running away from their office, tossing papers as they go. Whilst we can all identify with these and get the humour; they may not be a good thing for a potential future employer to be judging your professional attitude on.
Rants about your previous employment or colleagues
This will rightly present you as being unprofessional and will invariably lead to any future employer thinking that in the future you may feel at liberty to post similar comments about them.
Poorly Constructed Posts
Like it or not, your posts reflect your writing. Bad grammar and poor spelling reflect on your writing ability, regardless of the circumstance. Yes, it may have been a rushed post and spelling doesn’t really matter on Social Media, right? It does, especially if you are job hunting at the time.
A Prolific Post Rate
If you are posting lots of times each day, particularly during working hours, it is not unreasonable for a potential future employer to think that you are wasting the company time. Time is money, right? So if they suspect you of having the potential to waste company time and therefore money, they will not want to have you on their books.
So remember to check your social media is clean, updated and professional. In addition always check your privacy settings to ensure they are set up to how you want them.
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