4 social media tips for job seekers

4 social media tips for job seekers
You've probably heard it a thousand times, but it's an admonition that cannot be stressed enough. Your social profile is a sure giveaway to who you are as a person and as a worker - and employers know it. It's not an HR tactic used only by forward-thinking companies. Employers everywhere are searching your social presence to see if you're the kind of person they want working for them.

Social media has opened doors for job seekers like never before, but the same tool that's working for you can also work against you if you're not careful. Think of social media as an artist's palette of colors. Your posts, friends, pictures, videos and privacy settings are like the colors, light, shadows and contrasts that create a multi-dimensional portrait of you. What kind of picture is social media painting of you?

Need to clean up your online image? Here are 4 things you can do you to make sure your social profile is reflecting the right professional image to employers:

  1. Set your privacy settings appropriately. If you are going to share information that's not for employers' eyes, adjust your privacy settings to make sure they can't see it.

  2. Be careful what you say. Your commentary says a lot about you. Ask yourself, “Is this something I want a potential employer to know?” If not, clean it up!

  3. Be mindful of pictures and video. If you want to be viewed as a person that’s professional, responsible and right for the job, don’t posts pictures or video that portray just the opposite. And, if your friends are tagging you in inappropriate pictures, revisit your privacy settings!

  4. Take a good hard look at your friend list. Are there people on there that are interacting with you in a way that could damage your job prospects? You don’t have to ‘unfriend’ them, but you might want to inform them of your professional pursuits so they are not unknowingly working against you. Or, you could just block questionable posts.
By taking a little social inventory and heeding this advice, you'll successfully avoid social media job sabotage!
Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013 10:00:00 AM by Sandy Mazur | 1 comment(s)
Filed under: Social Media & Employment Trends
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Alex on Thursday, July 18, 2013 3:16:10 PM
Great job here with this article!  I like suggestion #4 that recommends taking a hard look at your friend list.  Even though you may have privacy settings on your favorite social media sites, it doesn't mean that a "friend" won't share them at some point.  What if you two have a falling out?  The bottom line is once your personal information is out there on the internet highway, it's there for good.  It's always a good rule of thumb to never share anything that could potentially work against you.  Please be careful, thanks.  For related information, please go here     http://blog.scoredriven.com/id-guard/identity-theft-social-media-users-at-risk/

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