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Social Media and Jobs – Social Media Can Be Your Friend But Can Also Be Your Enemy

Social Media and Jobs – Social media networks have completely changed the way we communicate. Not only can you catch up with long-lost friends and family members, but you can also connect with employers via LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other tools. Unfortunately, using social media can also hurt you when it comes to finding a job. If you are searching for employment, avoid these mistakes.

 

1. Using Profanity

You’re an adult, but that doesn’t mean you should be using profanity on social networks. If a recruiter checks your page, the profanity could come back to haunt you. When you start applying for jobs, go through your profile and edit any posts that contain foul language.

2. Sharing Unprofessional Photos

Many people use social networks to share photos. It’s fine to share pictures of your children or your pets, but be careful not to share unprofessional photos on social media. If you are thinking about posting photos involving liquor, illegal activities or outfits that are inappropriate for the office, think again. If you absolutely have to share one of these photos with friends, do it in person so the photo isn’t on social media for all to see.

3. Trashing Past Employers

If you quit your job before you find another one, don’t use social media to complain about your former employer, even if your complaints are valid. Instead of using social media to air your grievances, have lunch with a friend and get the negativity out of your system.

4. Making Controversial Statements

It’s not unusual for people to use social media to share their political opinions and personal beliefs. Unless you are applying for a job as a lobbyist or political analyst, don’t use social media to make controversial statements about social issues. If your opinions clash with those of the hiring manager, you might find yourself out of the running before you’ve even had a chance to interview.

5. Complaining

Most employers prefer to hire positive people who don’t spend a lot of time complaining about their work. Therefore, you should refrain from using social media to complain about your boss or your job duties. If a hiring manager sees your profile, these complaints are likely to be seen as petty, and you may be classified as someone who doesn’t work well with others.

6. Allowing Tags

Some networks allow users to tag each other in posts. In some cases, tagging is a useful feature. In others, it can really hurt you. If a friend posts an inappropriate photo and tags you in it, that photo is bound to show up on your profile, giving potential employers the wrong impression. Prevent this problem by changing your privacy settings so that no one is able to tag you unless you approve the tag first.

Social media networks make it easy to identify potential employers and connect with recruiters. If you are in the market for a job, make sure you understand how social media can affect your chances of getting hired.

Source: Joe Weinlick (Beyond)

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