Many job-seekers know not to talk negatively about their current employer or colleagues on social media, but there are many other, less obvious, ways job-seekers are using social media which could have negative consequences on their job search. With social media so freely available it would be rude not to use it to try and bag yourself your dream job; but you have to make sure that you do it well, or you risk missing out on an amazing job opportunity. Here are 3 mistakes people commonly make when trying to apply for a job through social media.
Posting about every interview you’ve been to
Delving into the details of each and every interview you’ve been to on your social media account could cause a lot of problems for you. It shows that you can’t keep private information to yourself. Even though employers know you might be applying for other jobs – it’s probably best not to flaunt it in their face. If they’re going to employ you they want to know that you’re dedicated to their company solely. So try to lay off publicly posting about the interview process until you actually get the job!
Forgetting to change privacy settings on private accounts
If you find yourself incapable of filtering what you say on your personal social media accounts then it’s best to create an account devoted to your job search. Just make sure your privacy settings are high on your personal account to avoid employers stumbling across your profile and finding out all about your wild social life or political, and personal views! You also want to remember to regularly check your privacy settings on each of your accounts, since user agreements and platform updates can change.
Connecting too soon
It’s always a good idea to look at publicly available information on social media as part of your pre-interview research. There is a difference, however, between researching in order to prepare for your interview and crossing the line from an eager jobseeker to an abrasive one. Sending a connection request before you are offered the job is never a good idea. Until you get the job, stick to professional email correspondence.
When the time comes for your next job search, make sure social media is your friend, not your enemy. Remember to keep all online posts and comments professional, change your privacy settings on private accounts, and don’t send a LinkedIn connection request until you are offered the job.
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