Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Job Hunters

Tuesday, April 15 at 11:20 AM
Category: Arvest News

Social media, when used properly, can be helpful in a plethora of pursuits, including job-hunting. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can help you find available jobs and grow your career once you secure gainful employment.

Used in the wrong ways, however, social media can jeopardize potential job offers. That’s why it’s important to remember some common dos and don’ts when it comes to using social media in your hunt for a job.

Do

  • Create an online presence. Doing so can help you highlight your skills, experience and accomplishments. Online profiles also can help you connect with people who can help with your job search. They also give you an opportunity to participate in discussions and show your knowledge in your chosen field.
  • Be consistent. Your job history – companies, titles, dates, etc. – should be the same regardless of the platform. Inconsistencies can be a red flag. Updating your profiles and accounts also is critical. Maintenance doesn’t have to be daily, but it’s better to be up-to-date and engaged on a few sites than appear to be inactive or careless on a large number of sites.
  • Be informed. It’s pretty easy for potential employers to find information about you online simply by Googling your name. It’s a good idea to do the same so that you know what people are able to discover about you online.

Don’t

  • Forget that what you post, tweet, etc. lives forever. OK, maybe “forever” is too strong a word, but once foul language, a potentially offensive comment or over-the-top criticism is online, it’s hard to take back. The same goes for racy photos or ones more appropriate for a dating site than a professional networking site. Employers easily can find proof of your online presence, so don’t give them something that will leave a bad first impression.
  • Neglect your privacy settings. For example, both Facebook and Twitter posts can be completely public, depending on your privacy settings. However, even with restrictive settings, your friends and/or followers could re-post your information without your permission or knowledge. That should be enough to convince you to check – and make sure you understand – your privacy options.
  • Be careless. This is important in a couple of areas. Using slang or poor grammar, or misspelling words can reflect poorly on you. So, too, can “friends” or contacts you add just because they asked. Remember to choose your contacts carefully or you’ll risk negative associations that might hurt your reputation.

In the end, social media can be a boost to your efforts in landing the kind of job you want. Just keep in mind that you want to give your online presence the same care and consideration you’d give to what you say or wear in a face-to-face interview.

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