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How to Prepare Your Social Media for Job Searches

How to Prepare You Social Media for Job Searches Infographic

Applying for a new job? Maybe it’s time to change that profile picture of you passed out on a nightclub floor..

It’s no secret that employers will often check your social media presence during the recruitment process to get a more detailed glimpse into your personality and how you want the world to perceive you.

According to a survey of hiring managers*, 93% will review social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.) before making a decision on a candidate – with 55% reconsidering a candidate based on what they find.

Before applying for a role, it’s important put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter. Do your profiles give a good impression of you as a potential employee of that organisation?

The survey revealed that the following on your social media accounts can all have an impact on an employer’s impression of you:

  • References to drugs
  • “Sexual-related” posts
  • Racism or sexism
  • Bad language
  • References to guns
  • References to alcohol
  • Poor spelling and grammar
  • Political affiliations

Leave employers with a lasting impression for all the right reasons:

  • The default privacy settings of many social media sites are relatively low. Change your settings to be in control of what people see on your profiles
  • Your profile photo and banners are often visible regardless of your privacy settings, so ensure they are set to something appropriate
  • Go through your profile and delete and questionable posts or tweets. Just in case.

*Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey 2014.