Trouble getting hired? Maybe it’s time to check your social media baggage.
Social media. For some it has been a godsend. An escape into a virtual world where you can let off steam, play games, and share your favorite photos. Unfortunately, all good things have side effects.
For those who have decided to leave entrepreneurship behind and return to the workforce, securing a position is sometimes difficult. Many people are finding that failure to secure a position with a company is coming down to their social media activity.
More and more employers are doing background checks on applicants and current employees by visiting their social networks. Before you start sending out job applications, clean up your social media accounts. You will want to delete anything you think could show you in a bad light.
Businesses can make stupid mistakes on social media that turn off potential customers. In the same way, people can make stupid mistakes that turn off potential employers.
Employers are indeed checking
Don’t believe that companies will check your social media profile? Guess again. A Career Builder survey found that 37% of companies use social networks to research job candidates.
“I would think that number is actually much higher,” Brad Schepp, co-author of How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google+, said in a 2012 interview. “If you were a recruiter, or a hiring manager for a company, wouldn’t you check out a potential hire through LinkedIn? Or, if you were hiring a recent grad, it would almost surely occur to you to visit their Facebook profile.”
So what are employers looking for? There are a number of things, but according to Time’s Jacob Davidson, things such as illegal drug activity, sexual references, and profanity are a few of the top turnoffs.
LinkedIn should be your first stop
The one profile you need to concentrate on the most is your LinkedIn profile. Make sure it is up-to-date, as it will likely be looked at more than your resume. A LinkedIn profile is free and you can even find a job through the site, using your profile to apply for various positions with the click of a button.
A while back, I obtained expert advice on how to clean up (or create) a LinkedIn profile. Some of the best tips included fully completing your summary and job history, and adding a professional headshot.
Make sure to clean up the other accounts
But LinkedIn is not your only concern. Remember the time you left a negative comment about the “other” political party? How about that time you accidentally posted the “wrong” picture and failed to remove it from your feed? Well, these are things that can come back to haunt you.
Source By https://www.forbes.com