Job Hunting Online: Five things to avoid

Anybody who has tried to look for employment during this economic climate knows how hard it is to find a job. There are currently more applicants than there are jobs available, and any advantage you can get over the competition can be a great help.

For those struggling with finding a job, Elizabeth Garone over on the Wall Street Journal’s Career Strategies page has some helpful tips to stand out from the crowd. The first tip is to watch what you put on your social networks. The advice is to assume that your future employer is looking at everything you post onto the internet.

Employers look online to find out more information about you, so the article recommends that you have two or three complete profiles on sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn rather than lots of incomplete profiles on many different sites.

Another recommendation is that if you are looking for a job, make sure people know about it. If I have a position to fill but you don’t tell me that you’re looking for a job, I can’t consider you for the positon.

The article recommends that when it comes to social networking sites it’s not how many people you know, it’s who you know that counts. A recruiter may choose to contact one of your friends on the site about you, so make sure that you know and trust those on your social networking sites. Finally it is recommended that you don’t do all of your job searching over the internet, as many positions are filled through networking.

For all the tips on finding a job online, see the full article over on the Wall Street Journal’s website.