Let’s face it, social media is the platform for everyday communication, and can really help with finding a job. But despite all the good things Facebook can offer in business, what are the things you shouldn’t do on Facebook? Social media is accessible to all, including family, former employees, former employers, and other prospective business and personal relationships. Is it possible to censor your social-self and develop a personal brand without censoring your personality?1. Don’t Use Facebook mail instead of proper email. This is a very bad way of conducting business, and can be a real hassle. When you Facebook mail me, I have to log into my real email account to find that, I then have to go and log into my Facebook account to read and reply to your message. If you’re finding a job by using Facebook, still avoid messages this way. Use real email like real business professionals.
2. Add friends and then forget about them. This is the biggest social networking crime of them all when finding a job. How many times have you search for suggested friends, requested their friendship just to stalk them, and then forget about them? This is a bad thing to do with business associates. If you’re not going to communicate with them via this platform, simply avoid adding them at all.
3. Adding people you don’t even know. Its one thing to add an old friend and then never speak to them. It’s another to add anyone whose name you kind of vaguely sort of recognize. Finding a job by randomly searching for possible employers will not yield you a worth while relationship. Don’t add someone you “may” want to do business with in the future, this is not professional.
4. Lazy grammar and spelling mistakes. There comes a time when the short hand status updates just look lazy and immature. This will look very unprofessional to any business prospects if you use improper language, and definitely won’t help with finding a job.
5. Inviting me to be a zombie pirate aquarium farmer. Don’t. Invite. Me. Again. Having those programs show up on your Facebook will make you seem childish and finding a job will be impossible if you don’t keep your page clean like a business professional.