Social Media Screening: Tips for Candidates

In the age of social media we are all dedicated to staying in touch with our family and friends through sharing our lives on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, but have you ever considered who has access to your personal accounts?

Chances are your employer does and no doubt there are a few choice pictures you would rather your manager or a prospective employer doesn’t see!

Despite your highly professional LinkedIn profile, future potential employers are taking a sneak peek at your Facebook and Twitter before you’ve secured an interview.

So that you don’t blow your chances of securing your dream job, we’ve put together some top tips on how to manage your image on social media.

How to manage your social media pages to secure the job:

  • Change the privacy settings on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram profiles so that only your friends can see the pictures of you that you’d rather no one else did!
  • Think carefully before adding images or sharing content on social media that could potentially be viewed by an employer as unprofessional or offensive.
  • Avoid hiding or removing inappropriate content; instead work on building strong social networks and creating online profiles that truly represent your skills and experience. Employers may choose to hire because a Facebook or Google+ profile conveyed a professional image. View your social media channels as an extension of your CV.
  • Make sure any profiles you write are free of typos, the information is coherent and that at least some of your posts are applicable to your profession to show your dedication to the industry.
  • The information you provide online about your job background and accomplishments should be consistent. Don’t assume an employer will only be checking you out on LinkedIn; they may also search your Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.

Above all else, the common sense approach is to think before you post, as you never know who’s watching!

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