Prevent These 3 Mistakes On Your Social Media Pages When Looking For A Job

Written By: Rob Wicker, VP of Recruitment

Employers are seeking future leaders of their organizations. As such, they are using social media to determine what character traits potential employees have. As a company that spends a significant amount of time coaching candidates, Reliance One has put together a list of mistakes to avoid:


  1. Stop the Drama – While the generation at hand is busy having texting, email and social media wars, employers are reading up on how employees respond to conflict and the person’s ability to work with others. As my parents taught me, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Social media should not be used as a battleground field, especially with controversial topics such as politics.
  2. Define Professional – “Dress the part you want, not the one that you have.” If you want to be taken serious as a professional, then you must reflect that in all aspects of your life. The way you present yourself in photos, the content of your social media (from your friends too!!), your grammar in posts, etc.
  3. Bashing Current / Previous Employers – Reputation and integrity are really important to employers. Just don’t do it!


As many as 60% of employers are using social media to review their candidates. “Hiring managers in information technology and sales are the most likely to use social networks to screen candidates; professional and business services were least likely.

  • IT: 76 percent
  • Sales: 65 percent
  • Financial services: 61 percent
  • Health care: 59 percent
  • Retail: 59 percent
  • Manufacturing: 56 percent
  • Professional and business services: 55 percent” – Career Builder


Social media should be a positive environment for people to share pieces of their lives. Be sure to THINK before you post – it may cost you your future.


Reliance One Inc. is a minority-owned, MMSDC-certified staffing corporation headquartered in Michigan with offices in Lisle, Illinois and Irving, Texas. Reliance One is focused on matching the ideal professional to a client’s specific needs for both long-term, short-term, or project based positions (including temporary, temporary to direct, or direct). Our sales and recruiting teams can be reached at 248-922-4500 or


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