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3 candidates whose social media is ruining their job search

3 candidates whose social media is ruining their job search

14 Jul 11:00 by Elena Joannides

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We've helped you out with a guide on how to use your social media to help your job search, now here is a brief lesson on how not to go about your job search.

Candidate 1. The Facebook moaner. This candidate had one of her Facebook Profile pictures as a selfie with the caption “I hate Monday’s”. Firstly I can’t help but cringe at the terrible grammar. Monday’s what? Unnecessary apostrophe and will probably cancel out the ‘excellent written and verbal communication skills’ they put in their profile. Secondly, and more importantly, I hate Mondays screams, I hate my job and I’m not afraid to shout about it on social media. Who can say they wouldn't do the same in their next role?

Candidate 2. The Twitter oversharer.   

It’s not hard to find people through twitter, even if your handle isn’t your name, you most likely have it linked to your email and/or mobile number. If your twitter handle is something inappropriate, this will not help your job hunt. Nor will tweeting sensitive information from your current job, even if you think it’s hilarious that you served someone at the shop today whose last name is Pratt, it’s just unprofessional.

Candidate 3. 2006 called and it wants its email address back.

We were all twelve once. When we first got an email address, who just picks their full name?! You wanted to show your personality, creativity, flair, or were just really, really in love infatuated with your high school boyfriend.

hannahheartsmax@_____.com
x_Xlil_starX_x@_____.com
zoe4greenday4eva@____.com

Just a few variations on ones I have known people to have. Do you I have to explain why these are terrible or will you please just take my word for it and use your name. If you don’t want to change for sentimental/nostalgia reasons, it is worth creating a separate professional email for job searching purposes.

Remember your privacy settings will only take you so far, if you don’t like what a potential employer might think if they happened upon your profile, it might be time for a rethink.