What does your social media profile say about you?

You may not know it, but one of the main vetting processes involved in recruiting is checking an applicant’s social media profile.

43% of employers confirmed that they would scan social media before hiring a candidate, with 51% of employers who searched confirming that they found content which caused them to not hire the applicant (CareerBuilder, June 2014).

With this is mind, we think it’s only fair that everyone gets a chance to consider how they can improve their social media profiles so that they can land that dream job!

Here, we focus on Facebook and Twitter.

Top tips:

  1. Check your privacy settings, who is viewing your profile? Change your settings to protect personal information, including photo albums and information that you are posting.
  2. Review your twitter handle or name on Facebook, is it appropriate?
  3. Consider the type of content that you are posting, does it portray you in a favourable light?
  4. Check your photos, you should avoid publicly posting photos of reckless behaviour including alcohol fuelled nights or any sort of illegal activity.
  5. Check your personal details, including your description, likes, apps and groups, all of which can say a lot about the type of person that you are.
  6. Review your friends / follow list. Now we’re not saying to remove your best friends based on their cover photo, but it may be useful to consider removing anyone who you don’t communicate with frequently or may be regarded as reckless.
  7. Check statuses that you have previously posted or tweeted, including any blogs that you may have shared.
  8. Restrict tagging of photos and statuses so that you can check them in advance of it appearing on your wall / feed.
  9. Always remember to think before you tweet!

Now go ahead and take a moment to review your social media profile and improve your chances of getting that job!