The social media fails that will stop you from winning your dream job
What’s going on? Your CV is great, you’ve created a relevant and tailored cover letter and still the phone is not ringing for a job interview. Could there be something else in the equation that is putting a future employer off?
A 2018 survey by CareerBuilder found that 70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process. 43 percent of employers also admitted to using social media to check on current employees. Your social media offers the quickest look into your life beyond your CV and this is often what employers want to know about.
So what are the ultimate social media fails that will keep you out of a job or get you into trouble with your employer?
Don’t untag all of those old and wild photos
There is nothing like a string of late night photos or old swimsuit modelling photos from the past few summers to quickly put off a future employer. Remember employers have likely looked at your social media before they meet you, so think about what image do you want in their mind.
The solution is simple. Spend some time going through all of your social media channels and delete or untag all of the photos that could potentially be considered risky or that you wouldn’t be happy to share with your new employer. We recommend that you veer towards being more conservative when deciding if something is appropriate and if in doubt untag yourself.
Keep up all of your very personal or radical posts
We’re now in a world where sharing personal details or opinions online is commonplace. Your posts reflect your values and opinions and employers, in looking at your profile want to know that the values of the company align with yours. We recommend that you spend time considering what are the values and opinions that you are happy to share online and to think about whether a potential employer might be impressed or put off by these. It’s fine to have strong views around things, just remember that some employers may find particular views off-putting.
Write negative things about your last job
Trashing your last job or colleagues online has to be one of the easiest ways to blacklist yourself from a new job. If an employer sees a post like this, it is not difficult for them to picture their own company or team being treated in the same way.
Don’t update or even bother with LinkedIn
LinkedIn is such a popular employment platform and represents your professional image to employers. If you want to look like you’re not trying to find employment, leave all of your information out of date and don’t update your profile picture. We recommend you at least spend time making sure that your LinkedIn is up-to-date and accurately reflects your skills and experience.
Here is a basic toolkit designed by LinkedIn to help you get started: https://students.linkedin.com/
Enter into highly fuelled online debates
Social media is a hot bed for extreme digital debates. With the click of a button you can fall into an online argument. While this can be appealing, your trigger happy thumb can easily put off future employers. Before you click ‘post’ try to think about whether this argument would impact how an employer views you. We also recommend going back through your profile and deleting any highly fuelled threads or those that you don’t think would reflect the values of companies you’re looking to work for.
Be cautious with what you put online
Overall, we recommend being cautious when it comes to what you put online. Your data does not disappear and it’s important to think about the impact that your social media could be having on your job search. This doesn’t mean post nothing, but it does mean taking a more tailored approach to how and what you share so that this aligns with the opportunities you want to create in your career and in your life.
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