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Social Media Dos and Don’ts During a Job Search, Part 1

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone, and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

Today’s post is another post in the series….

Social media, including sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, can help you find a job and connect with people who can assist you with growing your career.

However, it works both ways. Social media, when used the wrong way, can backfire and jeopardize a job offer or even your current job. It’s important to be careful and consider what you should do on social media to aid your job search… as well as some bad habits that are best avoided.

Do Create an Online Presence

When you’re looking for a job or positioning yourself for career growth, it’s important to have an online presence to showcase your skills and experience. Your online social media pages will also help you connect with contacts who can expedite your job search and assist you with moving up the career ladder. Take the time to ensure that all your work-related social pages are updated and ready to be reviewed prior to starting a hunt.

Do Be Consistent

Does the employment history on your resume match what’s on your LinkedIn profile? Does the information you have on your Facebook page (if it’s public) match up with the information you have elsewhere online? It’s fine if you rework your job descriptions, for example, because targeting your resume is a good thing when applying for a job. What’s not okay is if your job titles, companies, and dates don’t jive. That’s a red flag for prospective employers.

Don’t Get Fired

Employers check out candidates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites. And, it’s pretty routine for connect with colleagues on social media sites, too. That means that anything you post may be read by your employer or co-workers. If you share company business (good or bad) or post inappropriate or controversial content, you could get in trouble with your current manager, and it could even cost you your job, especially if you post on social media while at work. It’s not just your current employer –hiring managers often screen candidates’ social media, and will avoid interviewing or hiring candidates who post inappropriately.

Do Google Your Name and Check What’s Online

What shows up when you search your name? Most likely, there’s a ton of information, from tweets to photos. It’s quite easy for employers to find the information you may have preferred to keep private. Much of it can be found by Googling your name. Be aware of what shows up, and if any photos or posts could handicap your job search, change your profile settings, or delete the individual posts.

Don’t Forget Your Facebook Privacy Settings

You may think you’re only sharing those photos from last night’s party with your Facebook connections, but often, people you don’t know can see the photos that you’re tagged in or read your posts. Take some time to review what strangers, as well as friends of friends, can see.

Your Employment and Learning staff are working remotely through email or over the telephone.  Should you have any questions about resumes, job interviews, job interview questions, how to prepare or how to answer those difficult questions, feel free to contact any of your Employment and Learning staff for support.  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.

You can view the full original article by Alison Doyle at The Balance Careers, at:

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/top-social-media-do-s-and-don-ts-2062712