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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.

Unwritten LinkedIn etiquette rules to follow

LinkedIn Etiquette
To network professionally today, you will need a LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is not just another social network like Twitter and Facebook. Like face-to-face interactions, there are certain rules and etiquette when it comes to communication and collaboration on the social platform.

LinkedIn is different from other social networks, such that it has a more professional and businesslike feel. With these differences also comes with different social media etiquette as compared to Facebook and Twitter, for example. Honestly, social media etiquette is complicated and has changed dramatically over the last decade.

You might not know it, but you might be inadvertently breaking some of those LinkedIn rules right now. These are specific etiquette practices that are not written in the terms and conditions of use document, but rather picked up on.

Here are few of those etiquette rules:

  • Be sure to accept invitations as soon as possible.
  • Never mark a person as “I don’t know” unless they have a negative impact on your profile and network.
  • Avoid sending out mass invites to people to join LinkedIn.
  • If you do send out an invitation, avoid using the auto-generated templates. Rather customize your connection message.
  • Only send one request, perhaps two. No more.
  • Always check a person’s contact policy.
  • Make sure your work information is up-to-date and accurate.
  • Once you have opened your account, you need to stay active in order to grow your network and exposure.
  • Only post once a day to avoid LinkedIn feed clutter.
  • Avoid pushing your social updates to your LinkedIn status. Tailor your individual post to a specific social network.
  • Always remember to say please and thank you. Frequently.
  • Keep updates interesting and professional.
  • If you have joined a group, be aware and follow group rules.
  • Don’t go overboard with endorsements. It’s not hard to understand he quid pro quo that lurks behind an endorsement.
  • Don’t be stingy with endorsements. Not expected but it is appropriate to send out a few endorsements to colleagues and other professionals.
  • Don’t feel obligated to return endorsements.
  • If you do endorse a person then make sure write unique, specific, and meaningful endorsements.
  • Always use a professional photo in your profile.
  • LinkedIn is most definitely one of the best social platforms to connect with other people and cultivate valuable leads.