I’m pretty sure that a lot of you are aware of or use social networking, right?
In the past decade, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have rocketed in popularity. They’re part of everyday life.
Tweeting your love for something, sharing your excitement over a Facebook status, selfies on Instagram and whatnot. But are you aware that your actions over these websites and apps can affect your job now, or in the future?
Websites such as these make our personal lives more public and if you’re not careful, everyone can see on it – even potential employers. A study which has been conducted by CareerBuilder in the last year found that 39% of companies had used social media to screen potential candidates with 43% of the recruitment managers that were involved finding things which had ruined a candidate’s chances.
Even though that applies to the US and we are all the way over here in Wales, it doesn’t mean you should ignore it as research suggests UK recruiters could be ahead of the US when it comes to looking at jobseekers’ profiles.
Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to this. To put it simply, you need to clean up your act on the internet.
The first thing I would suggest is to ensure your profiles are private. Go to the settings of your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other sites and ensure that they are private. That way the entire world won’t be able to nose on what you were doing last night or looking at embarrassing photos from that night out you had recently. You know what I’m talking about.
If you’re reluctant to do so, there are still other ways to clean your profiles up. Swearing is a big thing – don’t use bad language so much. If possible, don’t use it at all. It’s not nice and employers won’t like it.
Another thing is to stop text typing. W3 d0nt lykk it wen uu l00k lyk uu cant spell propaz. So keep the text typing for texts and type normally, please. It looks like you didn’t pay attention in school and failed English completely.
We all love a good rant from time to time but make sure it’s not every status or tweet. You don’t want to be a negative Nelly so try and be more positive. Keep the good old moans to friends through text or Skype.
Tweeting and Facebook statuses can sometimes get very addicting – I, for one, am totally guilty – but if you’re sat around posting 40 tweets an hour, employers’ alarm bells will ring and wonder just what on earth you’re doing if you spend so much time updating your followers with your life story. Remember folks, it’s quantity over quality so try and post less and you may find what you do post is way more interesting. We don’t need to know that you’ve just eaten your breakfast and tripped over your shoelaces, thanks.
The negative sides of your social networkings aren’t the only things employers will take into consideration. They also want to try and find out the sort of person you are. Remember that on any public social media you may have to make sure that you’re being yourself and not pretending to be someone you’re not. They want to know whether you will fit into their company.
If you’re more of a creeper than a contributor on social media, it might be an idea to overcome your cyber-shyness for the good of your career. Employers will be interested to see you engaging with subjects relevant to your employment and get a basic look at your personality. But remember to just make it natural and not obvious you’re trying to impress.
Hopefully this article will make you a bit more aware of what you post on the internet and help increase your chances of getting a job. Good luck!