Although social media is still a relatively new phenomenon, it has quickly become difficult to imagine how we ever made do without it. Since its conception to help people connect with people they know, it has evolved to appear in almost every aspect of our lives. Social media is now a vital tool for businesses, politicians, and prospective employers… So, how can your social media profiles affect your prospects of getting a new job?
In the age of social media, it is unavoidable that potential employers will be checking your online presence after receiving your job application. To help you make sure that your profile doesn’t work against you when looking for a job, we’re outlining a few things that you should keep an eye on in order to make a good impression.
Sharing Drunk Selfies
Had a few too many drinks and suddenly thought it was a great idea to share a really embarrassing selfie? We have all done it. While employers might becoming more modern and potentially appreciate a candidate who knows how to have a good time, it might be a good idea to keep this content to a minimum!
Posting Offensive or Negative Comments
This should go without saying, but some people routinely use social media to air their opinions – positive and negative. There are a large number of examples of people, including celebrities, that have face serious consequences when old social media comments have been dug up.
Dragging your Current or Previous Job
Everyone has had a job that they hate – it almost seems to be like a right of passage. For those of us who like to air our frustrations to our social followers, work will inevitably crop up to some extent. However, constantly dragging your old or current employer may make you seem disloyal – unless you are calling out inappropriate or damaging behaviour.
Not Having any Social Media Profiles
While the other points might make you think that the best option of all is to not have any social media accounts, this can also put off prospective employers. In fact, a recent study found that 47% of employers were less likely to pursue a candidate who had no social presence. Social media accounts can act as an extension to your CV, so it is a good idea to set up a profile simply to share your interests, even if you aren’t interested in dedicating much time to it!