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Social Media and Job Searching: What You Need to Know

March 27th, 2018

How professional are your social media pages?

Just about everyone has some sort of social media account; that includes people who could be employing you for a job.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, “70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, which is up significantly from 60 percent in 2016.”

If you are searching for a job, don’t forget to polish your social media accounts as you perfect your resume and cover letter.

Here are a few tips from Work It Daily to help you manage your social media accounts as you look for a career.

4 Social Media Tips for Job Seekers

  1. Clean Up Profiles

Those crazy times in college may have been fun, but employers don’t need to see you with alcohol or less than professional clothing. Take the time to delete or hide anything you wouldn’t want your boss to see; if you’re unsure if you should remove something, it’s probably better to take it down than to leave it.

  1. Make Your Profile Private

Even if you have nothing that could be considered inappropriate on your social media pages, you still may not want employers looking at your information. Now is the time to make your account private so that only the people you choose have access to your account.

  1. Eliminate Unprofessional Comments from Friends

Work It Daily notes, “Managers often judge crude or offensive comments left on profiles, even if they’re left by someone else. So, in case your profile slips through the cracks and is viewable by some hiring managers, make sure all comments listed are PG-13.”

  1. Don’t Bash Employers

One tip that is so important from the Work It Daily article is to not publicly bash your current or former employer. If a prospective employer is looking at your page and sees you writing negative comments about your boss, place of business or co-workers, they may not want to hire you; think before you type.

Be careful about what you share on social media, it could impact your next job.

Check back next month for even more tips for job seekers.

 

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