In today’s job market, there is no doubt that social media is playing a huge role. With employers using it for job postings and developing their employer brand, as well as job seekers using it as a tool to seek out the companies they want to work for.
We, of course, welcome this, but there is one little controversy that seems to get swept under the rug quite a bit when it comes to social media, and that is when employers use it to screen their candidates.
According to one survey, one in three employers have rejected someone based on what they found about them online. In the HR world, the sides are pretty divided over whether or not to use social media to screen candidates, with some people arguing that it doesn’t work, while others considering it part of the public space.
Regardless of where you stand on the matter, we still think job seekers should abide by the “better safe than sorry” rule, so today we are going to give you some tips on how to make sure your social media profiles don’t have any incriminating evidence that can make you lose out on getting hired. Take a look below:
Clean things up. Sometimes it can be hard to watch what others say about you, but you can definitely watch what you say about yourself. Try your best to refrain from posting anything that may come off too outlandish or pictures that may seem distasteful to a potential employer. For social media platforms like Facebook, you can also make it so whatever is posted on your page has to be approved by you before it goes public. Taking these preliminary steps can help ensure that your social media profile doesn’t have anything too out there for a future employer.
Keep it private. If you’d rather not have to worry about cleaning your social media profiles, then consider making them private. This will eliminate a lot of headache for you in the long run and ensure that no one has the ability to snoop around your profiles.
Keep your career social media separate from your personal social media. LinkedIn is specifically meant to help you enhance your career networking, so take the time to make that page as professional as possible and leave your Facebook and Twitter accounts to the more personal things.