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Social networking mistakes to avoid while job hunting

Veronica C. | May 16, 2012

In today’s interconnected age, the internet can be a valuable resource for applying to jobs and developing a network of professional contacts. However, the sheer volume of information available can also be a detriment to your career search. Here are some social networking mistakes to avoid when applying for entry-level positions.

Privacy settings
If you posted it, they can find it. As you enter into the professional world, be extremely careful with the public record of your online activity. Almost every hiring manager will do a basic search on Google or Facebook for inappropriate or embarrassing information or pictures. Take a preemptive step and limit your privacy settings to immediate friends and family.

Sharing job links
Today’s job market is more competitive than ever and you’ll need every available advantage to land that first gig. If you’ve discovered a job positing or company website that seems perfectly suited to your skills, keep it to yourself. You don’t want competition from friends or acquaintances on social networking sites that are looking for careers in the same field as you.

Over-networking
When it comes to social networking, quality counts for a lot more than quantity. You’ll want to explore every possible option among your professors, relatives, past coworkers and friends for viable job leads. However, avoid connecting with random individuals on sites like LinkedIn if you have no real-life affiliation with them. If you’re looking to introduce yourself to an HR manager at a potential employer, send them a friendly email instead.

 

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