Sunday, August 30, 2015

Netiquette Basic For Social Media For Job Seekers

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“Privacy and social media are as far apart as living in the wilderness is to living in a New York City high-rise.”
—Paul Babicki

Social Media Netiquette for job seekers

Netiquette for job seekers has expanded to include social media. This is a rapidly growing segment and requires a proactive approach. Consider the following statistics from

·         Of employers, 37 percent use social networks to screen potential job candidates.
·         Of employers who use social media, 34 percent have found information on a candidate that caused them not to hire the person.
·         Of job seekers, 89 percent use social media to look for jobs.
·         Of the hiring managers who use social media, 45 percent want to learn more about a candidate to see if he or she has diversified experience.
·         Of employers, 51 percent want to know if a candidate is a good fit for the company, and they actively utilize social media to learn more about a candidate of interest.

In contrast to these statistics, 29 percent of hiring managers have found something positive on a social-media profile that contributed to their selection of that candidate. This low number would likely indicate, among other things, that there exists the potential to be ahead of the curve in this area. For example, if there are items that are potentially detrimental for a recruiter/hiring manager to see, they should be removed, particularly from LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Another strategic action you can take is to follow any company you are seeking employment with on their respective social-media accounts.
            Additionally, there are many groups in virtually any category that are open to join on LinkedIn, Yahoo, and other sites. Add your name to the groups. Once you join, it is essential to participate in them and contribute to discussions and topics. It is even better to initiate discussions. To go even further, it is often a very good idea to mention a possible employer in these threads. If a recruiter runs a search on you and finds you have commented ositively on their company or product, this will likely be viewed favorably. But care should be taken to insure that you are not praising separate companies that are direct competitors! Finally, it is in keeping with good Netiquette to be a contributor, not observer, to any group you join. This will also give you better positive exposure on Google and other search engines.

Paul Babicki is the founder and president of Tabula Rosa Systems (, a company that sells network, security, email filtering as well as email grammar, tone and content software. Paul’s first book is “Netiquette IQ A Comprehensive Guide to Improve, Enhance and Add Power to Your Email.” Check out his popular blog at (


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