#13. Social Media – It’s not always your friend.Blogs
As you can see from the photo above, sometimes (unsurprisingly) telling the whole world what you're doing / thinking / eating / drinking / watching isn't always the best idea. Employers will check your social media, even if they won't openly admit it. See this infographic below:
There are a number of ways to avoid horrible situations like the one at the top of the page, however the fact that employers that check your profile isn't always a bad thing.
- If you don't want them to see your account, make sure you set it to private and don't add your employer or colleagues as friends.
- It should go without saying that you should refrain from posting views and photographs that could be considered offensive.
- Don't vent to the whole world about your problems. That is what private chat and your friends are for.
- Highlight your successes. Many employers will look at your profile and they're not always there to see if you're doing anything wrong. Often they'll do it to see what sort of person you are. Positivity on your profile can go a long way.
- Check your spelling and grammar all across your profiles and avoid using " text speak". Things like this will be picked up on by potential employers.
It might only take you fifteen minutes to check through your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc but in an age where it is becoming easier and easier to find someone online, you don't want to be leaving yourself up on the internet in a negative light. Remember, the internet has a long memory and that throwaway comment you made without thinking could be on public record forever… .
Next Week: #14. The Application Process -r First impressions count. And second. And third…..
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