Career killing mistakes job seekers make on social media

You Are What You Tweet: The 3 Career Killing Mistakes Job Seekers Make on Social Media

You know the importance of your resume. By now, you’ve probably spent hours pouring over every detail. You may have even given thought to hiring a professional to write the resume that will win you the interview. You’ve done everything you could to put yourself in a position to get noticed, so you can get hired.

But if you’re like most job seekers, you’re overlooking something very important. Left unguarded, this factor could cost you interview after interview. You’ll be left on the sidelines, ringing your hands and waiting for a phone that never rings.

Did you know that more than half of all hiring managers check out potential employees on social media before setting up interviews? This means that the impression you leave them isn’t confined to the page or two you send them.

Is your social media costing you the job? It probably is, if you’re making any of these common career killing mistakes.

Forgetting That Everything You Say is Public

Mistakes job seekers make on social mediaOn Social Media, the best rule of thumb is to avoid posting or tweeting something you won’t want your potential boss to see. Don’t assume only your friends can see your status. Instead, be safe. Picture your next job interview starting with the interviewer logging into your Facebook account and reading every update you’ve written there.

If you’re not comfortable with what she’d see, get to work and clean up your profile today. Why miss out on an amazing career opportunity that you’re perfectly qualified for, just because of that late night rant you posted last week? It’s not worth it.

Trumpeting the Negative

When you scan your Facebook wall, you’ll probably find four things: lots of pictures of cats, mundane details about what your friends ate for breakfast, political rants, and complaints about work.

What kind of picture do your posts paint about the kind of employee you would be? It’s true that you’re free to say whatever you want on social media. It’s your own time, and it’s your own personal platform. You can get on your soap box and rant about whatever you wish.

But does what you rant about support your career dreams? Stay away from the controversial topics that stir the pot. Keep your complaints about your current or past jobs to yourself. Don’t rave about products you use that compete with ones from the company you work for.

Missing the Social Media Created FOR Job Seekers

Are you on LinkedIn yet? If not, what are you waiting for?

If you are, is your LinkedIn profile optimized to get you noticed by the people that can hire you? More recruiters turn to LinkedIn every day, because the platform saves them time and gives them access to scores of potentially qualified candidates within seconds.

The most important goal of your job search is getting noticed by the people that can hire you. You need to show up when those people search for people like you on LinkedIn. And when they find you, your LinkedIn profile needs to give them a reason to pick up the phone and call you for an interview.

Not sure how to make that happen? Call me, and let’s talk about how I’ve turned professional resumes into job-winning LinkedIn profiles for years.

Before You Hit “Submit”

So how do you keep from saying something stupid that raise red flags? With so many potential pitfalls and dangers lurking, how do you use social media the right way?

It’s simpler than you think. Just keep two questions in mind. Pause before you hit “Submit,” and ask yourself:

1. Is this positive, encouraging, or uplifting?

2. Is this something I’d be horrified to have brought up in a job interview, or something I’d be embarrassed for a potential employer to see?

A few seconds of thoughtful consideration can keep you from a career-derailing disaster. In short, be the person on social media that you want employers to think you are in real life. You are what you tweet.


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—Vivian Adkins, Resume Writer at Foremost Resumes

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Vivian Adkins, CPRW
Vivian Adkins, CPRW is the owner of Foremost Résumés and a Certified Résumé Writer. On this blog you can learn about résumés, how LinkedIn can help with your job search, how to conduct an online job search, and more.
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