Social Media Basics for Job Seekers

Finding a job in 2014 isn’t the same as what is was the last time you looked for a job. I don’t care how long ago you were interviewing, the market and process have changed. One of the biggest changes is the use of social media by employers and recruiters to source candidates. 

Whether you like it or not, you need a social media presence as a job seeker. Here are some social media basics: 

  • Don’t put anything on social media that you wouldn’t want a prospective employer to see. Even if your account is secure and private, your followers could share or screen shot your post and send it out for the world to see.
  • Know your followers. You might love your old college buddy posting pictures of the good ol’ days or last Saturday but your prospective employer won’t. Think about who is on your list and how they could help or hurt your job search. Might be time to make a decision to un-friend them or close your account.
  • Never complain about your current employer on social media. A prospective employer will be hesitant to hire you for fear of what you would say about them.

While having a presence on LinkedIn and Twitter is important for job seekers, much more importantly is what you’re saying on any social media. It’s all public for a prospective employer to find. Keep this in mind when you want to post to social media.

You might be wondering what a freelance writer knows about the job search. I was in corporate America for more than 15 years before deciding to pursue my dream of being a freelance writer. I have been blogging career transition, human resource, and employee engagement and retention topics since 2010 when I became an event re-cap blogger for Career Connectors and Career Transition Expert Jessica Pierce. Contact me at [email protected] for additional information about this and other content marketing.

 

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