September 30, 2010

You can find endless advice about how social media can help you find a job. It can work the other way as well. Social media can help you blow your chances for a job — and maybe even lose the job you’re in. We call that killing two jobs with one post.

Here we go, the top 10 ways to use social media to blow your chances for a job:

10. Vent about your boss or your job on your blog, so everyone can see just what a crank you are.

9. Tell everyone on Facebook that you are going to apply for a job — but doubt that you’re qualified for it.

8. Send the same application or note to a bunch of companies — and copy all their hiring managers so they can see where else you are trying to do business.

7. Post a judgmental question about the prospective employer on LinkedIn or Twitter. They wouldn’t monitor those, would they?

6. Populate your Facebook page with ridiculous pictures of yourself and poorly written posts.

5. Get into a flame war with someone on a discussion board or in the comments section of a blog.

4. Get even with someone who has crossed you by writing a screed about them on your Facebook page. Threaten them.

3. Get involved in an ill-informed online discussion about a place you applied to.

2. Tweet about your job interview.

… and the No. 1 way to blow it with social media:

1. Tweet during your job interview.

I wish I could say that I made these up. Actually, I have seen most of them, and expect that all of them have happened.

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Joe Grimm is a visiting editor in residence at the Michigan State University School of Journalism. He runs the JobsPage Website. From that, he published…
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