Whether it’s keeping up with friends or searching for a job, social media is used every day. While many job seekers use social platforms to connect with recruiters, scope out jobs, stay up-to-date on job postings, there are a few things you need to take into consider when trying to find a job.
Presenting yourself well online is a must for job seekers, so it’s essential you sensor what you post and who can see it online. If you hesitate when posting, it’s probably a good idea not to include those photos into your profile, especially if you’re worried an employer might see it.
Here are some of the worst things to post as a job seeker and some reasons why employers pass on possible candidates after screening social platforms.
- Unprofessional or provocative photos
- Inappropriate language
- Referencing the use of drugs or excessively drinking alcohol/partying
- Whining or constant complaining
- Negative remarks about employers or former employers
- Discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion etc.
- Poor Communication
- Controversial comments or posts
- Excessive or unflattering tags
These are some of the things to keep in mind when searching for a job. If you’re searching for a new job, the best idea is to clean out social media profiles and ask yourself, “is this something I would want an employer to see or know about me?”
Social media can be your best friend when it comes to finding a job, just make sure you’re presenting yourself in a professional, mature way.