The recent controversial news story on hiring and social media may have you thinking about what is lurking on your Instagram or Facebook profile. It’s not at all uncommon for managers to look you up before they bring you in for an interview. While you can limit what strangers can see on your pages, there are a few basic do’s and don’ts to abide by in the social media world when you’re looking for a job.
Do: Focus On LinkedIn
These days it’s a total miss to neglect your LinkedIn profile. If you don’t have a page, what are you waiting for? Create an account, fill it with your resume details, and keep it updated with industry insights or personal, professional achievements. You can expect that any hiring manager serious about recruiting you will at least view your LinkedIn page, so make sure it’s not outdated or inaccurate.
Do: Audit Your Social Pages
First, think about what content you’re putting out there. Once something is on the internet, it’s there forever. If you’re not sure you want it posted, keep it off of social media. Second, review what’s out there. Performing an internet search on your name can help you be aware of what’s out there already. You may also want to comb through Facebook to make sure there are no college party pictures or inappropriate posts that could turn off a potential employer.
Don’t: Make Inappropriate Contact
We do not recommend that you DM your potential employer! Sending a direct message on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram before or after a job interview is likely not going to get you the desired result. You may look desperate, unprofessional, and clueless. If you need to contact a potential boss or HR rep, use official channels only: pick up the phone or send an email. Texting and messaging can strike the wrong note.
Don’t: Give Up
Persevering throughout the job search can be challenging! You can apply for twenty jobs without getting a single call back, and it’s not unheard of for an interviewee to never receive a response either way. Hiring isn’t always a manager’s top priority, so it can be easy for job seekers to move down the list without notice. Friendly reminders and requests for an update on the hiring process can be appropriate if done tactfully. Follow up once in an email if you haven’t heard back in about two weeks, and affirm that you are still interested in the role. Confirmed interest in the role can make you an attractive hire in the eyes of a potential employer.
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