Social media has now become a critical part to finding a job. In fact, 60 percent of employers use social networking sites to vet applicants. If you’re one of the many people who use social media for fun, your profile is probably in need of a professional makeover — especially when considering the fact that nearly half of all hiring managers have uncovered information on social channels causing them not to hire candidates.
The following are some of the best ways jobseekers can survive social media scrutiny by a potential employer:
- 1. Review privacy settings. Most jobseekers focus their attention on Facebook, as its privacy settings can quite easily be set to “friends only.” But you want to review the privacy settings for all your social accounts — even those you haven’t used in years. Check your settings on Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Flickr, and even your personal blog.
- 2. Restrict tagging and posting. Chances are good, someone will tag you in a dubious photo or comment at the most inopportune of times — like when searching for a job. Do yourself a favor and adjust your privacy settings one step further and require a review of all posts or photos before publishing to your profile.
- 3. Pore over old posts. Most of us can barely remember what we posted last week, let alone a whole year ago. And with Facebook being popular since right around 2004, it’s time to start refreshing your memory. Review your entire history on the platform, and remove any and all questionable posts and pictures. Then, do the same of all other social channels.
- 4. Institute the grandma clause. Before posting anything on social channels, just ask yourself what your grandmother would think. If you could still look her in the eye after posting it, the post is probably tame enough for most hiring managers — with the exception of political commentary. It’s best to steer clear of posting about politics when looking for a job.
- 5. Show some personality. Scrubbing all social accounts of any personality isn’t wise either. For one, it looks like you’ve done just that. It also looks like you’re all work and no play. So don’t be afraid to show some personality on social channels, even LinkedIn. Employers want to get to know you, and social profiles help with this.
If you’re ready to work with a recruiter, apply online with Staffmark today. Our team would be more than happy to review your work history, pair you with the ideal recruiter, and get to work on the next phase of your career.