Think before you post: How not to ruin your career in 140 characters

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how not to ruin your career in 140 characters

When using social media, it is vital to think before you post. This is especially important when you are currently on the job search.

Personally, I always try to avoid topics such as, politics (mainly because I know very little about it or care!), football and religion. These are known to be controversial topics and there will ALWAYS be someone who doesn't agree with you on certain issues within them. With these, comes mostly anger which leads to swearing and aggression. The last thing you want is your potential employer doing a quick google search of your name to see your tweet about the latest politics or football controversy. And more often than not, they will be of the opposing opinion. So, it is a given that they will not get on with you. Although employers can’t judge you based on your political/religious views, if they disagree they will have an opinion of you before you have even met, and it might not be the best one.

For jobs in aviation, I think it is especially important not to post on your social media about religion. In a flight attendant role for example, you will come into close contact with many religions on a day to day basis. You don’t want to give the impression that you have any issues with any religions as the will surely hinder your chances of getting the job.

Use your social media to show how perfect you are for the job. Follow influential people in your particular industry. Make positive comments around industry news and history. Show your intellectual side. This will definitely impress your aviation employers. But don't be afraid to let your personality shine through too.

Ideally, you want to have a semi-professional looking display picture across your social media, just in case your potential employer does google you. You don't want to have one of you doing anything  that may not impress an employer. Think about an employer, like you would your mum when setting a profile picture. What would she not want to see?

Nowadays, employers are beginning to tun to social media for their recruitment needs. Personally, I have been recruited through LinkedIn and my colleague, Twitter. They are choosing to do so because this is where all their potential candidates are and most importantly, it is free. It is an easy and effective way to source quality candidates. Aviation is massive on LinkedIn. So it is vital that your LinkedIn profile is spick and span whilst you’re on the job search.

In the meantime, if you are on the lookout for an aviation job why not upload your CV to AviationMatch today. Keep up with the latest news on Facebook & Twitter too.

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