The world we currently live in, social media is used for everything, including job seeking, and from a HR perspective. Pretty impressive hey!
Impressive yes, but if you’re not careful, social media can hinder your job seeking process! Most of us know the basics of what NOT to do on the socials, however there are always some less obvious ones which you must be aware of!
Out of Date Profile Information
This one mainly applies to LinkedIn or any professional based profile.
- Is your profile picture professional and NOT a selfie from a night out at 3am?
- Are your contact details correct and your email address is professional? (NOT firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Are your current employment details & job title up to date? You’re not still working at McDonalds for your 5th year straight?
- Ensure all your basic information is update including skills, projects & achievements. Don’t Sell yourself Short!!
Not Aligning your CV & Online Profile.
It has been found that more candidates are being put out of the running for a role due to discrepancies between CV and online profile information. Differences between sources can indicate a poor attention to detail, even if it was a simple mistake!
Posting Inappropriate Material
Before you post always think; Would I want my boss or a hiring manager to see this? If not, don’t post it! Use Social Media to create a positive personal brand for yourself. Demonstrate your passions, your interests, your dedication and interest to your field of work.
On LinkedIn especially, add links to your work throughout your profile.
Posting during Work Hours
Don’t be seen to be posting at 10 am in the morning or 3 in the afternoon when you should be working! This can raise concerns about your focus & productivity at work.
If you can keep these in mind, your social media will now assist you in your job seeking as opposed to hindering it!