Don't Do These Mistakes on Social Media If You Want To Get Hired.
There’s a good chance that the way you were portraying yourself online before is maybe not exactly how you want to be portraying yourself online.
For example I’m 30 years old and I can remember presenting myself online on things like AOL Instant Messenger from when I was as young as like 12.
Just Being Opportunistic and Realistic.
Striking Balance Between Social Media
so striking that balance between using social media to your advantage but not letting it potentially harm you is of the essence and so provided.
You do have publicly viewable accounts of some kind here are seven behaviors you’ll want to avoid if you want to appeal to an employer.
Complaining about your current job now this is a fine line here because obviously there are some exploitative or truly unfair employment situations which you have every right to take action against.
But complaining publicly on social media about a problem with a current employer is often simply not in your best interest for a couple reasons one.
It could potentially get you fired from the current job that you’re bitching about online this exact thing happened to me once at a job.
Potentially Fixing a Problem.
But moreover if it’s about a problem that you are specifically looking to fix publicly complaining especially as a first step is often not even the best way to fix a problem thinking first.
If this is something that could be possibly explored through HR routes or employee advocacy groups or even federal or state labor bureaus should be first stops on the train to potentially fixing a problem.
Now if this problem is something that you can’t necessarily kick up the ladder because say your boss is just being really shitty and annoying it is very likely that you’re going to want to complain about this.
But again doing so on a public social media platform can put you in a really tough position with the next employer who’s potentially looking to hire you.
long story short when you’re speaking that way about a current employer it sends the message that you could do it easily about your next employer and that as I mentioned before.
You’re not even necessarily exploring the appropriate avenues to solve a problem and it’s particularly bad if you’re doing this consistently.
Complaining About an Employer on Social Media.
Posting Gross or Graphic Photos
Posting Photos of Consuming Alcohol
Writing or Linking Out to Extremely Offensive Material
Keep Those Posts Private or Hold Off on Them.
Swearing Constantly Especially on Social Media.
Swearing constantly now I’m gonna be totally honest I curse kind of a lot especially on social media so coming from me this may seem like a bit of a hypocritical piece of advice.
But here’s the thing when I worked at other jobs I cursed way less and I certainly didn’t curse in the workplace and I was careful to make sure that the platform’s.
My boss was potentially seeing me on I was not constantly dropping all the f-bombs I so longed to be dropping again this is one of those things where an alternate or private account may come in handy.
But long story short if you are consistently speaking in a way in which it would be considered inappropriate to speak in.
If you were at the office that doesn’t send the best message to a potential employer ultimately when you’re looking for a job
You’re going to have to ad here to the culture of that job and if you come across at first glance like someone who is not going to fit in at all with that culture that’s going to be a red flag.
Let’s say for example you’re the type of person who really needs to be using certain social media in order to present either a portfolio or raise their platform or show that they can do.
The type of work that would be needed of them at their job this would be a perfect case to have a personal account which many of my friends in the industry have made because they don’t want to have to act like Doris day 24/7 on social media.
Thinking actively about the way you’re presenting your communication online doesn’t mean totally changing who you are it just means adopting your outward persona to the situation you’re in and if the situation you’re in is the job hunt that’s something to consider.
Getting Into Public Social Media Fights.
Social Media fighting is Just Not The Best Look Number.
Failing to Understand How Privacy Settings Work.
Failing to understand how privacy settings work if you are going to go the route of making your social media private you have every right to do so and perhaps for some of you it will cost you a little bit in potential opportunity by not being able to portray yourself a certain way on social media.
But for many people the benefits weigh the costs and you just want to be able to be totally yourself and unconcerned with potential employers by going totally private on social media.
That is your right but it is so important to know in that time that whether or not you are totally private on social media will come down to you understanding the privacy settings on each platform making yourself unsearchable.
For example making it so that when your content is shared on other peoples pages it can’t be seen deciding to whom your content is private or what parts of your content are private all of these are things which need to be considered per platform.
So if you think you’ve made yourself private and are behaving as if you’re totally on private but you’re not an employer is actually seeing it that’s on you taking a few minutes to really understand each platform and making sure that only what you want to be seen is essential.