In addition to writing a great resume, using social media is now a part of the job search process…
But it can be a double-edged sword. While it makes finding opportunities and researching companies easier, it makes it harder to conduct a secretive job search. Your colleagues and boss can see who you’re following on Twitter; what if that includes job boards? You can friend recruiters on Facebook to send your resume to, but then your Facebook friends will see that. You can advertise that you’ve updated your resume and are seeking your next challenge in your LinkedIn headline, but then everyone will see that as well.
With so many social media channels it might be impossible to prevent every snafu. But you can prevent most of them by using these ideas:
- Working on you resume at the office is an obvious no-no. But never do any kind of job search at the office either, not even on your lunch break. And don’t use your work e-mail address on your resume or to communicate with potential employers. Get a Gmail account for that–and remember to keep it professional. (I.e., “firstname.lastname@example.org, not email@example.com.)
- Don’t save any files on your work computer or phone either, especially not your resume. Your current job and your possible next job should never mix.
- Check the privacy settings on your social media and job board accounts. If your current job’s HR department sees that you’re posting your resume elsewhere, the jig is up.
- Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date and 100% complete, but don’t use it to share you resume or announce you’re looking for a new job.
- Use Twitter to tweet about news and ideas relevant to your industry, but don’t tweet about your job search or about the great company you found to write your resume (hint hint). Same goes for Facebook.