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If you’re engaged in a job search right now, take some time to revamp your job search strategy when it comes to social networking to make sure you aren’t committing any of these job search stalling mistakes.

SOCIAL NETWORKING MISTAKES

LinkedIn Mistake #1: Never request to be endorsed by someone you have never professionally or personally worked with, for, or with whom you have conducted business.  It is incredibly unprofessional.  How can someone recommend you and the work you’ve done if they’ve never actually worked with you in some way, shape, or form?

LinkedIn Mistake #2: Posting an unprofessional photo of yourself.  LinkedIn is a professional networking site, so it should be kept professional.  Post a headshot of yourself in a business or business casual outfit.  Don’t upload an image of yourself partying, drinking, or with other people.  Employers will look you up—and you do not want to do anything to eliminate yourself from a potential opportunity.

LinkedIn Mistake #3: Not utilizing job search groups.  There are more groups on LinkedIn than you could possibly imagine, and there’s at least one for just about every career field you can think of—so get connected!  Look up your career field in the search bar and see what kind of groups you can find, and join the ones you like.  I also recommend joining job search groups; it’s another great way to get leads about jobs you never would have heard of otherwise.

Twitter Mistake #1: Not including a bio that speaks to the type of career you’re pursuing.  Twitter is a great way to find job leads, and if you’re not using it you should be!  Follow others who can help you in your job search.

Twitter Mistake #2: Not using hashtags.  Hashtags can surprisingly create job search leads for you that you would not have had otherwise.  Use them!

As you continue in your job search, take a few moments to rethink your social networking job search strategy.  Maybe you’re not using social media at all—or maybe you’re a social media pro.  In any case, make sure you’re not committing any of the mistakes listed here.  And above all else … stay positive!

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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!

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  4. Shalmali Bapat on July 16, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Great article !! and now a days people are forgetting that networking is not only limited to the LinkedIn, Facebook, and email because you only get half of the benefits from it, still face to face networking is good option and you should do it often and once again thank you for your valuable guidance. Going to save it for further reference.



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