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Don't Do These Mistakes on Social Media If You Want To Get Hired.

Don't Do These Mistakes On Social Media If You Want To Get Hired.​
Hello everybody. So today I am going to talk about “Don’t Do These Mistakes on Social Media If You Want To Get Hired.”and how to present yourself online when you’re looking for a new job and perhaps especially when you’re looking for a first job. 
 
Because obviously when many of us are going from the world of adolescents or college into the world of being gainfully employed adults. 

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. 
 
Now so if you’re reading this article chances are you are someone who grew up with social media for most of your adolescent to adult life. 

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. 
 
So basically from that time until now I have been creating a digital footprint for myself and really curating a perception of Who I am and this is never really more true than with social media 
 
obviously that started for many of us with MySpace which thanks God that is not the social platform on which we are being judged for employment.

Just Being Opportunistic and Realistic.

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But when it comes to social media you’ve probably had something whether that’s Facebook Twitter Instagram Snapchat Pinterest MySpace or all of the above and while many of us think of our LinkedIn’s as the primary space 
 
where we’re curating a vision of ourselves for future employment that is not the only place that employers are likely to look any social media of yours that is public.
 
whether or not it’s technically considered fair game in your eyes is something that a hiring manager or employer is likely to check out.
 
There’s a difference between adapting your whole online personality to suit a future employer and just being opportunistic and realistic.
 

Striking Balance Between Social Media

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.

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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.

Complaining About an Employer on Social Media.
I know a few people in my industry who have publicly spoken ill about or burned bridges with multiple employers and it’s kind of like when you go on a date with someone and they describe most or all of their exes as crazy. 
 
That’s kind of more of a red flag about them ultimately you’re probably gonna deal with some shitty bosses or shitty times at work inevitably and sometimes it’s worth kicking up to a higher authority. 
 
But just publicly complaining about an employer on social media can and send the wrong message about you and if you are currently looking for a new job you’ll want to make sure to go back and set to private. 
 
Anything that could be construed as talking shit go vent to your friends or coworkers that’s what they’re for. 
 

Posting Gross or Graphic Photos

Posting Gross or Graphic Photos
Posting gross or graphic photos people use social media in all kinds of different ways and I know that some people tend to use it in ways that I would describe is like a little TMI. 
 
In the sense of like people will get some kind of injury and then they’ll post on Instagram close-up photos of said injury with no warning and listen just as a random consumer on your Instagram feed I’m like this is disgusting I wish I could bleach my eyes why did I have to see that. 
 
But imagine if I were scrolling and I was a potential future employer basically you should not have things on your publicly available feeds that make people repulsed. 
 
It’s weird that I even have to say this but this is kind of a common thing like people do not want to see a photo of that weird ingrown hair on your thigh nor do they want to see video evidence of the time. 
 
You were walking home from a bar and saw someone throwing up if you do have a burning desire to post gross-out content on your feeds honestly have at it. 
 
But create a separate account so that people are not shocked and appalled by the things that happen to come across their feeds both potential employers of course but also the random friend who has you added on Instagram.

Posting Photos of Consuming Alcohol

Posting Photos of Consuming Alcohol
Posting Photos of Consuming Alcohol
Posting Photos of Consuming Alcohol
Now listen if you’re above the age of 21 and you want
to have a drink and maybe post a picture of it have at it I’ve certainly done that in my life many times. 
 
It’s not something that you have to hide but that being said once you’ve reached a certain point in adulthood it’s not exactly the best look to constantly. 
 
Be posting photos of consuming alcohol to the point of total drunkenness or having alcohol present in almost all the photos you post. 
 
Talking constantly about needing a drink or looking forward to a drink we tend to really normalize what our in many ways, not healthy alcohol behaviors on the Internet. 
 
I could go on for days about how problematic the wine mom memes are for example and it can lead us to believe that showing ourselves the light of constantly drinking.
 
Isn’t that big of a deal and honestly it’s a free country you have every right to post picture after picture of you drinking those Bulldog margaritas. 
 
if you so choose but think about the message that that would send to a potential employer aside from the potential liabilities about behavior and responsibility obviously it paints a portrait of an adult who maybe doesn’t have a super balanced and healthy life.
 
Outside of work and frankly comes off as quite immature so while you definitely don’t have to hide alcohol consumption on your feeds.
 
Take a minute to consider how you’re portraying yourself in the context of drinking and if it is something you’re doing and posting about every day I would maybe consider that in the context of your life.

Writing or Linking Out to Extremely Offensive Material

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Writing or linking out to extremely offensive material now everyone is going to have a different definition of the offensive 
 
which is why you may want to consider having an alternate or private account if you’re someone who frequently discusses what could be potentially controversial or taboo subjects. 
 
But for example, I’m on social media I’m a woman I see many men who will link to or write about what I consider to be very sexist material and of course offensive is going to be in the eyes of the beholder and in most cases I’m not in the position of potentially hiring those men. 
 
But with the choice to discuss these potentially taboo topics comes the responsibility of assuming the backlash if someone who’s potentially hiring you could see these things and feel offended by them.
 
I mentioned in a recent Q&A that I have definitely lost opportunities because I choose to speak publicly about my progressive politics. 
 
It may come as a surprise to some but the financial industry and the financial media industry, on the whole, tend to be quite conservative and I am not. 
 
So I know that there have been and will be instances in which my choice to speak very frankly about my politics may cost me.
 

Keep Those Posts Private or Hold Off on Them.

Keep Those Posts Private or Hold Off on Them.
But as the owner of this business I have that freedom and believe that the benefits largely outweigh the costs but if you are on the job hunt. 
 
Maybe don’t have that luxury that is something to consider and remembering that what may be totally normal to you may come off as offensive to someone else is something always worth considering when on the job hunt in particular a good litmus test. 
 
Of course is to think is this degrading to a group of people or to a particular set of eyes or is this something that I wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable bringing up at work.
 
If the answer to these things is no it’s not that you shouldn’t say them although obviously when I see guys posting really sexist memes every now and again. 
 
I wish they wouldn’t say them but you may want to choose to be a little bit opportunistic and either keep those posts private or hold off on them until you found the job you’re looking for.

Swearing Constantly Especially on Social Media.

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.

Getting Into Public Social Media Fights.
Getting into public social media fights now this one I feel extremely strongly about I have been on social media for years and on Twitter especially I have been very active for those years.
 
Twitter is basically where grown adults go to have extremely childish fights and I decided several years ago around the time I started my business that I was not going to argue on social media I’m not gonna fight with people I’m not gonna defend myself. 
 
I’m not gonna have a back and forth if they want to talk to me I am always free by email you can even call me but I am NOT going to fight with another grown adult via 280 characters because here’s the thing about fighting on social media even if you win you lose. 
 
Because you fought with someone on social media and you look like a petty dumbass but you usually don’t win usually no one wins because it’s extremely difficult to portray yourself in a coherent and thoughtful and nuanced way when you have limited characters in which to speak.
 

Social Media fighting is Just Not The Best Look Number.

The platform isn’t necessarily adapted to conversation and you have a bunch of people watching you like just imagine if you were like standing in the lobby of a hotel with like a hundred strangers around you just like pointing and yelling at another adult. 
 
It’s crazy and of course, you can stand up for Yourself you can clarify something you can even get in the occasional one-liner if someone said something really ridiculous but engaging in an actual social media fight basically gains you nothing. 
 
It makes you look either combative or childish especially to that potential employer as someone who does a fair amount of hiring that is one of the few things that I really look for on people’s social media are they super combative do they get into a lot of fights on social media because to me what that really reflects is a greater lack of maturity. 
 
I have had conversations many times that started on the internet and ended up in a really thoughtful interesting way but consistently we immediately took things to email or in person it’s not that hard to say hey it’s really hard to have this conversation via back-and-forth tweet or Instagram comment.
 
why don’t we take this somewhere else and while in the heat of the moment it can feel hard to say that knowing when to take that extra minute to step back means so much all of that to say social media fighting is just not the best look number.
 

Failing to Understand How Privacy Settings Work.

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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.

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