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Social Media Don’ts When Job Hunting

Social media can be a valuable job search tool, but it’s important to leave out details that don’t serve you in your search for work. Here are some things you might want to consider not doing before your next job application:

Complaints About Your Current Job or Employer

Refrain from complaining about a specific position, company, or supervisor by name online. Airing your issues in such a public space could show a lack of discretion and disregard for confidentiality that may not sit well with potential future employers.

Sharing Current Work-Related Plans or Projects

Make sure you don’t reveal information about confidential or proprietary projects you may be working on for your current employer, or about work assignments you were involved with in the past. This is unprofessional and it may also get you into some legal trouble.

Bad Grammar and Poor Etiquette

Even if you’re not looking for a job that involves writing or editing, it’s important to make sure your social media posts come across as professional, use proper grammar, correct spelling and double-check for anything auto-correct may have switched. Swearing is, of course, off the table By knowing what (and what not!) to post and share on social media, you’ll be able to reap all the benefits of your accounts and find a job you love.

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