Social Networking Can Help or Hurt Your Job Search

The internet has become a great resource for job seekers. It can be a valuable tool, or a pitfall. It is the one tangible tool that lets Recruiters and potential employers see who you really are.  It may be easy to think that you are venting and joking with friends and family. Until it costs you a job.

#1 Social Networking Mistake

It is common knowledge that you are judged by who your friends are, and what you post on your wall. But there is more. Do you share personal information online? Do you talk about things that should be private? What are your boundaries? Are you loyal? Are you emotional?

The first tip is to avoid posting anything that you wouldn’t post on a resume.  Most Recruiters will do their research. They Google potential Candidates, check Linkedln, Facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites. The best way to protect yourself is to do a Google, yahoo, and Bing search on yourself.

Over sharing is one of the biggest mistakes Candidates make.

#2 Social networking Mistake

Recruiters will check out their Candidates, but also their friends and associates. The people who a Candidate is comfortable around reveals a lot about the person a Candidate is.

Most important, is there someone with your name who can be mistaken with you? If so, then make sure your resume includes your usernames, or include your middle name on the resume to help avoid problems when searching your name.

Second, be aware of what your friends are posting about you. An embarrassing picture, an argument, a and venting can come back to ruin your job hunting strategy.

In today’s job search you need to be diligent, intentional, and proactive when looking for a prime management positions.  Use the internet to conduct research on yourself. Try to avoid putting any digital dirt on yourself.

 Avoid Social Networking Mistakes

One way to avoid social networking problems is to use a username, nickname or pseudonym. This can make it more difficult for Recruiters to find you.

Scrutinize your friend’s list. If you have people on your list who can damage your reputation then remove them. If they cannot be removed, such as the case of a family member, then delete their comments on your profile and limit your activity on their profile or wall.

Take a hard look at the photos on your social networking site. An unprofessional picture can damage your image. Even casual pictures should either appear professional or they should remain in the scrap book.

What pages and topics do you participate in? What threads do you participate in? Do you communicate succinctly and intelligently? Do you get emotional when challenged? Can you communicate your thoughts to people with different communication styles?  All of these questions can be answered by viewing your social networking sites.

Research yourself continually. Do not trust that your profile is clean. Search your name, phone number, address, and any pertinent information that you can find.

The Internet Is Your Resume

Once you understand how to avoid mistakes on the internet you can use the internet to promote yourself. Many of today’s professionals run a Reputation Management and Public Relations campaign on themselves. This is fairly easy, but can be time consuming.

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