Job Searching - Some Critical Advice

by Sarah Holbrook on August 1, 2012


In my first blog I gave you tips about how to prepare for an interview. Now I am going to take a step back and help you see the potential mistakes you could be making if you are struggling to get to, or past, that interview stage.

A lot of mistakes can be made when searching for a job and one of these can be the difference between you getting the interview or being rejected.

For me there are two big mistakes that can easily be avoided! Firstly make sure your social media presence doesn’t let you down and also be careful to be truthful on your CV!

Social Media

As social media is becoming more and more popular, a lot of candidates are forgetting that most employers check on their potential candidates’ Facebook pages, LinkedIn profiles and Twitter feeds. More often than not, a candidate’s chances are decreased by the content they have written on their social media channels. This could be anything from inappropriate status updates and pictures, to conversations between friends on a candidate’s wall that could cause the employer to think twice.

Don’t forget that in a professional environment a lot of employers have to consider the effects of their employee’s social media presence when they are dealing with customers.

The following link is a perfect example of how social networking can change an employer’s impression of potential candidates:

Stay true to your CV!

Another point you have to bear in mind is how factual your CV is. Everyone wants to glorify their CV with skills and past experience, but over doing it can prevent an employer from taking that important step forward and offering you the job. For instance, if you have included a qualification in your CV that you did not complete, this is deception because you are providing the employer with false information.

Here are a couple of links to help you demonstrate the consequences of this for you:

Even if you have been offered the job and are employed, if your Manager finds out you have lied, then it can lead to an instant dismissal.

So the best policy for me is to be upfront and honest on your CV and present yourself in the best possible light. This can be echoed on the social media front. You need to ensure that your social media reflects what you want prospective employers to know and that you act in a professional manner at all times.



Sarah Holbrook

Sarah Holbrook is the Marketing Manager at Stafforce, a recruitment business committed to improving client profitability through people, processes and technology by delivering UK-wide cutting edge recruitment solutions and specialist business consultancy and support. Follow Sarah on Twitter and / or follow StafforceNews on Twitter, read the Stafforce blog and connect with Sarah via LinkedIn


  1. Matt said:

    I think your right Sophie, consistency across social media platforms must now be applied to candidates just like a marketer would aim for platform consistency in brand building. I would imagine it is easy for a dishonest CV to be found out by cross referencing with LinkedIn profiles. It brings an interesting conundrum as to whether employers should have the right to check social media sites (LinkedIn being an exception as it was built for this purpose) or whether they should remain private.

  2. sholbrook said:

    Take a look at this piece that was in Personnel Today yesterday. It answers some questions about using social media in recruitment and is pretty interesting for both candidates and employers

  3. Matt said:

    I think it is a debate that will come up more frequently. Nice to see some clear guidelines but I cant help feeling that these will have to change if the trend of organisations using more social media processes internally continues and therefore social media could become openly involved in the hiring process.

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