Most of us at some point have been caught out and tagged in an embarrassing photograph from a night out or at a party we would rather forget. Can you think of any photos or comments on any of your social media profiles that you wouldn’t want your parents or grandparents to see? How about a potential employer?
Research and studies show that it is now common for employers to use social media websites as a tool for recruiting and screening applications. Whilst some view this as an invasion of privacy or a breech on freedom of speech, some employers believe that it gives them a truer picture of the candidate.
Do not let this put you off using social networking sites. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In are excellent tools for making connections and showcasing yourself, used correctly social media websites are excellent for marketing either a product/service or yourself. Just be aware of what you are putting out there
Some useful tips when using social media websites:
If you pictures or comments posted that you don’t wish to share you can adjust your privacy setting, this allows you to control who can view you data. However, I would suggest that if you have a blog or a website that could help you with particular job applications that you consider making them for public view. Used correctly facebook is an excellent place to showcase your talents.
Look at your personal information. What are your interests and hobbies? If you would not put these on your CV to an employer you may consider changing them here also. Check what films, books, bands etc you have said you like. Look at what groups you are joined in, there may be some you forgot about.
Consider who you are following and what you are tweeting about. Negative or controversial comments could put a potential employer off in an instance.
If you’re a twitter social superstar don’t be afraid to flaunt it, brag about you blog. People are now adding their blogs and websites onto their CV for employers to view.
LinkedIn is a professional networking website. You can create your profile as you would your CV. To improve your status you can get other people to post recommendations and endorse you skills. As this is a professional networking website choose an appropriate profile picture, and complete your profile to the best you can.
If you have an idea of the company you would like to work for LinkedIn allows you to follow the company, connect with useful groups and even employers of the company who could help when seeking employment with them.
So job seekers beware!! Our advice, clean up your profile.
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