Top Social Media Dos and Don'ts When Looking for a Job

Top Social Media Dos and Don'ts When Looking for a Job
Rigzone shares best practices for job candidates on maintaining their social media channels while seeking employment.

We are in the digital age, meaning that with just a click of a mouse, in a few seconds, almost anything is accessible. The same goes for social media. In fact, you’d be hard pressed today to find any successful organization or individual who does not have some sort of social media presence.

When it comes to hiring for jobs, social media is a part of the process. Hiring managers have spoken loud and clear: social proof – testimonials, endorsements and recommendations of candidates’ abilities – is a necessity to them when searching for job candidates. And some employers will pass on job candidates altogether simply because of something negative they saw online. Additionally, oil and gas companies have increased their use of social media in recruiting efforts, so it’s safe to say they have found value in using social media.  

For candidates, job search isn’t just about how you use different social media channels to look and apply for jobs; it requires some maintenance on the backend, too. How job candidates present themselves online is extremely important. While no one is perfect, it certainly doesn’t increase a candidate’s chances of getting hired if they’re airing all of their dirty laundry on social media.   

So how can candidates make sure they’re sending the correct message to hiring managers through social media? Check out this video for some helpful social media dos and don’ts to adhere to when on the job hunt. 


If you missed the last careers video about how to maximize your time spent at a job fair, click here.

Valerie is an experienced writer and editor dedicated to providing useful and relevant career news about the oil and gas industry. Email Valerie at


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RJ Schultheis | Jul. 11, 2015
This video was very helpful and it had some other important concepts to improve my professional appearance. Maybe because of the workplace becoming more relaxed in office attire and a few other areas - an employee (or an un-employee) can get sloppy even on their social site activities. About 2 years ago I closed my Facebook account because it is filled with trash and people were continuously interfering with my business or working life. On both Rigzone and OilPro I have changed my picture - based on what has been identified in this video. My old picture was a semi-professional - my new picture is professional. Thank you for this article as it helps people at all levels to consider that web sites are being looked at by other professionals. RJ Scultheis


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