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10 Mistakes to Avoid while under a Social Recruiter’s Radar

by: Finella Kristle Panlilio

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 |

This generation lives most of its life on social media that it’s no surprise that even recruitment managers are growing savvier, thereby making social recruiting a norm. The fierce competition in the labor market has compelled recruiters to engage candidates like a marketer would engage customers. Although traditional recruiting methods have not been completely discarded, the targeting options social media offers have enabled recruiters to find quality hires. According to Jobvite’s 2014 Social Recruiting Survey Results, 93% of hiring managers will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision. Also, 55% have actually reconsidered a candidate because of what they find, with 61% of those double-takes being negative.

Recruiters take social media profiles very seriously when evaluating candidates, which is why it is important for job hunters to keep clean social media profiles. This, however, does not let existing employees off the hook - a single tweet could ruin your relationship with your boss - or worse, get you fired.

Social media mistakes to avoid if you want to keep your job or get hired

Here are top 10 social media mistakes that could cost you your next - or current - job:

  1. Making references to illegal drugs. In case this isn't common sense, know that 83% of recruiters say doing so is a strong turn-off.
  2. Seventy percent of social recruiters will count sexual over-sharing against you as this demonstrates very poor judgment.
  3. Two-thirds of recruiters told Jobvite that posts including profanity reflected poorly.
  4. Over half found posts about guns an obvious no-no.
  5. Drinking in a photo, holding an alcoholic beverage, talking about how many units of alcohol you have consumed or are about to consume - basically any signs of alcoholism, 44% found concerning.
  6. You might want to review what you've written, because 66% of hiring managers hold poor spelling and grammar against candidates.
  7. Recruiters also see posting about your political affiliation as a potential negative, so consider keeping this to yourself.
  8. Complaining about your job. Or talking smack about a job even before you've accepted it.
  9. Posting while you’re supposed to be working.
  10. Making fun of your boss, team, or clients.

Take the time to review and revise your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook profiles before recruiters seek you out. Be vigilant: don’t post anything you wouldn't want your employer or potential employer to see. Check your privacy settings, but don’t rely on them because they’re known to change frequently, especially Facebook. And remember that just because your social media posts haven’t hurt you yet, doesn't mean they won’t.


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