Social media mistakes hindering your job search

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Do you know that the majority of recruiters now use social media to review profiles of potential job candidates before hiring. Over the last decade recruiting has changed dramatically and it is safe to say that today most recruiters will have a social media presence.

The use of social media platforms in the recruiting process is probably not a big surprise and it is the responsibility of any person looking for a job to make sure that their social media profile is up to date and creating a good impression. It is a fact that many recruiters have turned away potential job candidates because of something they have found on a persons social media profile.

Here are few social media practices to avoid ruining your chances of finding that dream job:

Stop complaining and grumbling – If you constantly complain across different social media platform about different things can give the impression that you have a negative attitude and perspective. Would you like to work with someone who is constantly complaining and effecting morale.

Never post inappropriate photos and images – Never post photos that could put you in a bad light or give a negative impression about you, for example, partying and alcohol consumption, nudity, or even holding a weapon in an irresponsible manner.

Always have a professional photo – Profiles with a photo are eleven times more likely to be viewed. Upload a professional headshot with face clearly visible.  Upload a professional headshot with your face clearly visible.

Never criticize you boss – One of the most stupid mistakes to make on social media is to complain and posting negative comments about your current or former employers. This is a sure sign of lack of professional discretion and loyalty.

Make your profile stands out – Make sure your profile is up-to-date, a powerful headline, and all supporting details that differentiates you from other candidates. Your online profile needs to grab the attention of recruiters so that they don’t just pass you over and go to the next profile.

Have an active LinkedIn account – Rather than just creating a profile and connecting with people, it is better to be active and participate in relevant groups, comment on articles, and create a name for yourself.

Always wait for the final whistle before celebrating – If you have been called for a job interview, always keep feeling about how the interview went private. Never assume or portray on that you have landed a job before receiving the confirmation call from the recruiter.


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