When presenting yourself as a candidate for a new job, you want to make sure you put your best foot forward. You dress for the part, prepare yourself for the interview, and practice what you’ll say to show that you deserve the position. One thing you might not think of is how your potential employer will vet you after the interview is over. In today’s technological age, they’re going to be doing more than just calling the provided references. They’ll Google you and what comes up may be the deciding factor on if you’re selected for the job or not.
Social media has become a way of life. It’s where we stay connected with friends and family, where we document our lives, and where we can express ourselves. However, how you come across on your various platforms can impact your potential career. Here are some things to review your social media profiles for if you’re looking for a new position:
It’s understood that tasteless content isn’t suitable for the workplace, but you should be able to let loose a little on social media right? Not if you expect an employer to hire you! Employers are looking over potential employees’ social media profiles and if they find that you’re sharing content that may be inappropriate for the workplace, they may question your character. If you do want to share questionable content, make sure your privacy settings are adjusted to keep this content viewable to friends only.
Sloppy Spelling or Grammar
Did you know that 66% of employers said they viewed bad spelling or grammar on social media profiles negatively? Employers want well-rounded employees that can communicate clearly and if you show on your personal social media profiles that you aren’t always capable of that, they may pick a candidate who is.
We’re not saying you can’t enjoy a drink every so often, but highlighting your drinking frequently on social media can impact your ability to secure that next position. Employers don’t want to take a risk on someone who actively promotes their alcohol consumption on the internet.
Don’t take to Facebook to let off steam about a current or past employer, especially if you don’t have secure privacy settings enabled. Employers don’t want to see that you’re willing to talk bad about them should your relationship ever come to an end. Keep your opinions between your friends and family and off of social media if you’re in the market for a new job.
Social media is a place where you can be yourself but make sure that you have appropriate privacy settings in place for things you don’t want the entire world to see. Remember that your profile pictures can usually be seen by anyone, so be wise about your choices. Employers are investigating potential employees through everything available to them and that includes social media profiles. Be smart!