Will a potential employer really look me up on social media?

Short answer. Yes, yes they will!!

The majority of employers will now check a potential employee’s online presence during the hiring process. So it’s a good idea to do a bit of research on yourself, find out what they are going to see and make sure that’s something you want to future boss to see!

  1. Google yourself

This is the first step! Find out what comes up when you google yourself and what you might need to change. Make sure to check the photo section! If there is anything that might make you look bad in the eyes of a future employer, get rid of it. If in doubt, chuck it out!

  1. Check your privacy settings

Login to all of your accounts and double check your privacy settings. If you are using social media primarily for personal reasons, it’s a good idea to have a private profile, so only friends can view what you post.

  1. Showcase your skills

If you are able to photograph or write about skills relevant to your job, think about having a public account specifically for this use. Allow it to be searchable and consider putting links in your job application.

  1. Maintain an appropriate online presence

Even once you’ve got the job, it’s still important to remember to be careful about what you are posting online and who is able to see it. Most companies will have a social media policy, so it’s a good idea to find out what it is and make sure what you are posting is in line with your company’s policy.

  1. Be careful what you write about work

Don’t bad mouth your previous employer or job on social media channels. And especially don’t bad mouth your current employer. There’s no quicker way to get yourself hauled into the HR office!

Rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see it (and if you have a tech-savvy grandmother like mine who will actually see it), don’t post it on social media!

Written by our social media guru, Tracey. If you need help checking your social media for your job search, make an appointment to see Tracey or one of our helpful advisors.

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