Social media platforms are fast becoming a meeting point for job seekers to gain access to recruiters and hiring managers alike. In order for job seekers to use social media to their advantage they have to make a conscious effort to build symbiotic and not parasitic relationships on the platform. Unfortunately many do the latter to their own peril.

Says Joshua Waldman, author of Job Searching with Social Media for Dummies,“Social media is probably one of the most hyped-up technologies you can use for a job search today. And often, things that get a lot of hype also come with a lot of misunderstanding. Companies, as well as individuals, have made some very damaging mistakes because they didn’t take the time to really understand social media.”

In my line of work as a recruiter, with special interest in social recruiting, I spend quite a number of time on social media and I do encounter quite a number of funny cum annoying scenarios exhibited by a few job seekers who lack how best to use social media in their favour. Permit me to cite a few of such mistakes job seekers make on social media and how to avoid them:

The above is an excerpt from my post on the iPunch column of The Punch Newspaper titled “Social Media Mistakes Job Seekers Should Avoid”  which was published today Friday, September 26, 2014 both online and in print.

Kindly read the online version of the post here and drop your comments. Cheers :-) iPunch-social-media-mistakes-jobseekers-should-avoid-SegunAkiode-Sept 26, 2014

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