When you use social media it’s all about the quality of your posts and the audience you attract. You should use social media in a positive way that makes you look professional and work ready. Making huge career mistakes like the ones we talk about in this article will only hurt your job prospects and leave you without work.
Companies use background checks as a reliable way of verifying claims made by applicants when they go for a job. And because we’re living in a world of technology, they use that technology to their advantage when screening prospective hires.
But here are 5 things that might be messing up your chances of getting the job.
You use social media has a venting outlet
Many people use social media as a venting outlet to release anger and oftentimes say what they think without considering the consequences of their actions.
You may be having a bad day, may have had a disagreement with someone or may have had a bad experience at a particular location. And then you choose to vent about it on social media out of anger.
Things like that only leave employers to think one thing. And that is, if they hire you and you get angry you’ll tarnish the company’s image in the same way you’ve already tarnished your own.
Sharing too much of the wrong information can be one of the biggest career mistakes
You should be very mindful of the things you share and the source that your information is coming from.
Think before you broadcast.
Ask yourself: is the source of the information I’m sharing credible? And do your research before sharing. This is how fake news gets spread, and you really don’t want to be a part of that.
Poor usage of grammar and spelling
Communication is a core skill that’s needed in any work environment. And If you’re constantly making spelling and grammatical errors on social media it only leaves employers to think that you might not be able to express yourself well through writing or even face to face communication.
Are you posting inappropriate pictures online?
Posting inappropriate pictures on social media is one of the most detrimental career mistakes and can really damage your image.
You have to be professional with your online brand, and understand that whatever is seen on your pages is what potential employers use to judge you as a candidate.
Posting sexual content and promoting drugs, alcohol, violence or any illegal activities only shows you up in a negative light. And employers are looking to hire candidates who they believe can positively reflect their organization.
So, it’s best to clean up your image if you want a shot at that dream job of yours.
When was the last time you updated your account?
An account that’s out of date tends not to be a good look. It may be time to update your account and be more consistent with your posting regime.
Social media is a useful tool to show off your skills and personality, share your hobbies, friendships, and achievements. And employers want to see how well you network and build engagement to create your personal brand before they start to trust you with theirs.
For more of The Massive Jamaica be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
If you like our articles and want to contribute some yourself, apply to our Contributing Writer Programme and tell your stories!