Your resume is flawless, and your cover letters are impeccable, but you’re still not making it to the interview stage. Is this you? Is your online presence holding you back? Have you checked your social media profiles?
Here are 5 things to avoid:
1. Don’t badmouth colleagues and employers
Your future employer wants someone with a positive attitude, a team player. If you badmouth colleagues or employers, it is unprofessional. This is no different online.
2. Don’t post unprofessional photos
This applies to both profile photos and photos you upload, but more specifically to profile photos because these are always public. Everyone can see your profile photo; it represents you. Don’t use a silly photo or a cartoon avatar. Make sure you upload a professional profile photo to give future employers a good impression of you. First Impressions Count.
3. Don’t forget to network
To use social media to its full potential, you can’t ignore its networking aspect. Use it to grow your network and build relationships with people.However, don’t limit your network to the Internet. Take time to get to know them in real life, meeting over a coffee or drinks. It is a mistake to neglect the networking aspect of social media because it can limit your opportunities.
4. Don’t brag too much
While it is good to list your skills and achievements on sites like LinkedIn, too much bragging is not a good thing. Let your future employer discover your qualities gradually.
5. Don’t neglect social media
You’re probably thinking that it’d be easier to avoid social media in the first place, given the amount of things you can’t do. Well, this is not true. Employers are looking for people who are comfortable with technology. Being on social media demonstrates that you are not averse to new technology.
Check your social media profiles, and remove anything that you don’t want a recruiter or potential employer to see. Your online brand is your most valuable asset, so create a compelling personal brand.