Jobs are precious in today’s still-sluggish economy; you don’t want to do anything to hurt your chances of landing one. That’s why while a social media job search is important, it can also be dangerous.
Social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook are wonderful tools for job seekers. Job hunters can use these sites to instantly inform their business associates that they are looking for work. They can use them to follow companies that interest them. And they can use them, with thoughtful discussion, to set themselves up as experts in their particular field.
But a LinkedIn job search isn’t foolproof. Neither is one using Facebook or Twitter. These social media sites can haunt you as you try to find new work.
A Platform for Venting
Many users of Facebook and Twitter seem to forget that they aren’t making their posts in a vacuum. When they brag about their late night drinking on Twitter, potential bosses can read that post. When they criticize a political candidate, human resources professionals – who might love the candidate job seekers are slamming – can read it.
And those who use Twitter and Facebook to tell offensive jokes or make rude comments? They’re certainly not painting themselves as professionals. Job seekers need to remember that their friends aren’t the only people who are checking their social media pages: their potential future bosses are, too.
If they don’t like what they see? The chances of a job interview dramatically fall.
Caution Doesn’t Exist
The problem with social media is that it encourages users to throw away their normal sense of caution. You might not insult someone’s religious or political beliefs when chatting with them at a restaurant.
But on Facebook? You’ll fire away.
This often leads to hurt feelings and frayed friendships. And when it comes to your efforts to find a job, it can lead to a lack of job interviews.
The Professional Social Media User
If you want to find a job using LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, you’ll need to learn how to use these services professionally. As we’ve said in previous posts, these sites are amazing tools for job seekers – ones that can dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to land an interview and find a job.
But this holds true only if you use these sites professionally. If your social media pages are filled with off-color jokes, angry rants, and other embarrassments, it’s time to clean house. You don’t want anything on those pages that can cost you a shot at your dream job.