The Danger in Using Social Media as Your Resume

by | Feb 20, 2017

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the mantra that social media is the new resume. The logic is that 96% of recruiters use social media for recruiting so, as a result, your social media presence is now your resume.

What are the dangers of using your social media as your resume?

social media as your resume

How Recruiters Use Social Media

It’s true that recruiters use social media sites to find talent and look for information about you that they can’t get from interviews and reference checks.

However, when you get real about this, most recruiters use LinkedIn and niche professional networks to find talent. Because of this, you do need to be present on LinkedIn. Use other sites if you know they’ve helped colleagues get recruited.

Read: Using LinkedIn to find a New Role

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The Career Time Bomb in Social Media Usage

Beyond the networks mentioned above, recruiters check other social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, to learn about your behavior.

And here’s the rub: [Tweet "part of your behavior is how much time you spend on social media."]

If you are all over social media, and it’s not about your job or business, then it’s easy for a viewer to see you don’t focus on your job. You’re not engaged.

No employer wants to fight social media for your time, because if you’re not engaged, you’re not productive.

Read: 9 Ways to Communicate on LinkedIn

Don’t Believe Everything You Read

You do not need to have an extensive social media presence to be found by employers. An optimized LinkedIn profile and some activity there will almost always do the trick.

You will know from colleagues if you should be on additional networks.

Give a meta-message that you’re too busy doing your job to fritter your time away on social media. THAT makes recruiters want to call you.

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Original post from Avid Careerist written by Donna Svei

Donna Svei Contributor
With a background in retained executive search, Donna is an Executive Resume and LinkedIn Profile writer and Interview Coach, she collaborates with her clients to write job-winning resumes and LinkedIn profiles and their core career marketing materials.

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