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Five Social Media Job Search Blunders

By Jeremy Cyrus 02/17/2013
Five Social Media Job Search Blunders

You're on the job market, but you aren't worried. You're ready to hit the ground running. You have a great resume in hand (with formatting help from Free Resume Builder) and you've researched your industry and know exactly what you're looking for. Now it's time to start actively networking, both on and offline.

But before you start relying on social media to help you find your next position, stop and think. Social media can be a powerful tool, but it can also stand in your way if you're guilty of any of these common missteps.

  1. Don't spend too many hours online. Social media is there to connect you with those who can give you help and advice, but once you make contact, get off the site. In fact, get away from the screen altogether. Find ways to meet your contacts in person (over lunch?), or at least talk to them on the phone.

  2. Don't overshare. Our culture values openness and honesty, but too much sharing can actually backfire. It can bore our connections, diminish our aura of mystery, and even embarrass us in ways we don't realize. Knowing more about you doesn't always make people more inclined to provide you with the things you need.

  3. Don't wait around for your social media ship to come in. Too many job seekers (especially younger workers) tend to post a resume on LinkedIn, or announce their unemployment on Facebook, and then sit back and wait for the offers to roll in. This isn't how it works. If you want results, you'll need to actively reach out and make things happen.

  4. Don't mistake companies for people. If you find yourself following a dozen corporations on Twitter or "liking" page after page at the request of potential employers, don't assume this is polishing your credentials or raising your profile. Again, take control and reach out to the humans—not the organizations—you'd like to impress.

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