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Social media mistakes that could spell trouble for your career

Social media mistakes that could spell trouble for your career

Social media. We all use it – Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin are part of most people’s everyday life. But as well as being a great way to stay in touch, keep track of what is happening in the world or a way to satisfy our thirst for gossip, have you stopped to think about what your social media profile would say to a potential new employer?

And whilst there is no denying that social media can be a useful tool for anyone seeking a new job, if you put yourself in the shoes of the person interviewing you for that dream role, would your online presence make you stand out from the other candidates in a good way?

There are some obvious no-no’s. You wouldn’t walk into an interview, shake hands with the panel and say ‘Guess what? I went on a marathon drinking session at the weekend and have no idea how I made it home’.   But if you are not careful with how you present yourself on your social media accounts, then that could be exactly the introduction that your potential new employer has had having spent a few moments browsing your latest status updates.

From reading your CV and during an interview, hiring managers will know that in these situations you are giving the best account possible of yourself. However, a greater proportion are now using social media to get more of an idea about a person’s character – seeing what they might be like when their guard is down.

Posting flippant comments, making negative remarks about your work or employer or – as in a famously reported case some years ago – bragging about taking a sick day when you are really looking to enjoy a day out will win you no favours with an interviewer.

Other moves which could spell trouble for your career include sharing information about applying for new jobs, celebrating getting a job offer before having spoken to your current employer and moaning about your colleagues or clients. Being seen to support groups or statements which could be seen as offensive, using crude language and even poor grammar and spelling are all things which could easily turn an interviewer’s opinion from ‘we have to see this candidate’ to ‘perhaps they are not the right person for our organisation’.

Think carefully about what you post and tweet and make sure your security and privacy settings are robust. And use social media to your advantage in your search for a new job – an insightful blog, or contributing to interesting discussions on industry networking groups will make a potential employer take notice of you online for the right reasons.

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