Just entering the job market after years of schooling, other employment or parenthood?
We know it’s tough out there. Jobs, sadly, do not grow on trees, and making a good first impression is vital if you’re going to succeed. Crafting a perfect resume, rehearsing your answers pre-interview and making sure you look presentable and professional are all part of the regular check list. But how many of us think about what impression we’re making online?
Don’t be one of the 10 percent
A report from London-based market analyst On Device Research in June found that one in 10 young job hunters have been rejected from a job because of their social media profile. Yet roughly two-thirds of respondents said they aren’t concerned their current use of social media could affect job prospects down the line.
We can expect similar results in the US. Typically, job seekers don’t know if an inappropriate Facebook pic or a social media comment lost them a job. Therefore, that 10 percent figure could be even higher.
None of us are perfect and most rational employers know that, but job seekers need to be aware of the cyber research many HR teams and interviewers conduct on potential candidates.
Simple steps for a social media cleanse
Of course, going back to check the thousands of tweets, status updates and pictures linked to you online is not particularly practical, but there are some basic steps you can take to clean up your social media profile and lock it away from prying eyes.
Once you have your social media profiles locked down, your potential employers can focus on the information you want them to know about you, not your social media regrets.
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