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Have you given much thought to social media and your job search? Your online footprint can not only affect the recruiting process but also an your reputation long after you’re hired. Read on for three social media mistakes that could hurt your job search.

1. Neglecting your online presence.

Regardless of the privacy settings you use, the personal information you (and your friends and family) share on social media isn't necessarily private; once it's out there, it’s out there.

Strive to put your best foot forward. A negative social media presence can damage the respect of a job candidate in an instant. Haven’t searched your name in a while? Now it’s more important than ever to proactively monitor your online presence.

2. Posting content that turns off employers.

Many employers will search for job candidates online prior to making an offer.

Hiring managers and/or recruiters are generally looking for clues based on how someone acts in their personal life to try and gain insights into how they would perform if hired. Have you ever posted negative comments about previous employers or bosses? That old content could haunt you.

Key takeaway: don’t post anything that you wouldn’t be comfortable seeing in the headlines!

3. Failing to keep information confidential.

While you’re in the midst of job interviews or negotiating the terms of your employment offer, it’s best to stay silent about it on the social media front.

Hold off on making any announcements about a new job until it’s a done deal. And even then, remember that your new employer could be reading every word, so keep it simple and positive!

Congrats, you got the job. Now what?

Once you've been offered the job and begin working, be mindful of how you use your social media accounts. It's OK to be Facebook friends with your co-workers; however, maintain an awareness of what you're posting and the image you portray.

Managers and co-workers alike will be able to see everything you post. If you put something out there that’s embarrassing, this could lead to a bad reputation at work and potential loss of respect from your peers.

Think hard before you “friend” your co-workers and direct reports. Pictures, posts, and check-in's allow employers and co-workers to see not only what you're thinking, but also what you're doing – and when. This can be especially detrimental if you're supposed to be working. This information could lead to a disciplinary action if it's affecting your performance.

Bottom line: social media can boost your online presence for the better, and for the worse. So practice good judgement and be aware of how it might affect your job search and employment.

About The Author

Amy Khokhar

Amy Khokhar serves as editor of the Kuder Blog. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and is a National Career Development Association Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP).

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