How one comes across on social media can be a deal breaker when it comes to employment. What is the first thing you are thinking when you are about to post that photo of you and your friends drinking at a party on Facebook or Twitter, or even just making an inappropriate gesture? I am sure the furthest thing from your mind is that nursing job you just applied for.
According to the website Jobvite.com, 92% of recruiters use social media to find candidates, in which LinkedIn came in at 87% and Facebook is used about 55% of the time. We need to be vigilant when it comes to posting those weekend pictures or even commenting on a controversial subject matter, think twice before you post that photo or status. Here are some things to keep in mind regarding your social media accounts, because, let’s face it, we all have more than one these days.
When it comes to social platforms such as LinkedIn, listing all of your credentials is a must. In doing so, try to avoid any grammatical errors. Recruiters look at such content, and in a survey conducted by Jobvite.com, 66% of hiring managers held poor grammar on social media against potential candidates. Make sure to list all the experience you have, including any volunteer work. In not doing so, you may come across as “not experienced enough”. When listing your experience, do sell yourself, but don’t come across as arrogant, as this can turn potential employers away.
Facebook and Twitter are completely different stories. While they are meant to be a fun site where we can all post our vacation photos or opinions on the latest political controversy, they can have a definite negative effect on your chances of getting hired. Of course, we are all entitled to our opinions, but when posting on social sites, this can lead to a misconception of who you really are. Maybe you are just having a bad day and are posting due to anger. Ranting about topics isn’t always the way to go, as much as we feel like we need to, try your hardest to refrain. Posting about how you are finished with your prior employer because of X,Y, and Z, will just hurt your chances of getting hired. And while we all indulge in an adult beverage here and there, don’t post photo after photo of all the drinks consumed at that friend’s birthday party. Keep things to a minimum and you will be fine. As the saying goes, all things in moderation. The one thing that you should absolutely avoid is making any reference to illegal substances. Keeping things simple and respectable will take you further than you think.
Just because you have the highest privacy controls on your social media put in place, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be found. Friends have friends who have other friends that may just know who you are. With tagging and mentions on social media, believe me, there is a way to see what you are up to. So then why not just stray away from social media all around you ask? Studies have actually shown that not having any social media can work against you. You want to have some sort of positive presence on the Internet. Have you ever googled yourself? Doing this can give you a great idea on how you are seen in the world of the web. If you notice anything negative, go in and delete or change up your pages. The last thing you want is to not get that call because of what someone might have seen on the Internet.
Perception is everything these days, we want to be looked at as a respectable candidate with a good background. If you relate to any of the topics discussed, don’t worry, they are all easy fixes.
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