CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELF
Although social media is fast becoming a great way to find a new job, it can damage your chances too. In such a competitive market if a potential employer likes what they see of your CV on paper they are now very likely to turn to social media to find out more about you before inviting you to an interview.
Your LinkedIn profile is the one a potential employer is going to check first so make sure it’s completed properly and up to date.
Your CV is limited to a couple of pages so this is your opportunity to use the unlimited amount of space on your LinkedIn profile to really sell your key skills and work history.
HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS?
People often think their Facebook page is seen just by friends and family only to discover their potential boss has spotted photos of them doing handstands in their pants on a Saturday night! Many people forget to use privacy settings on photos and it is frightening how much we judge a person based on these images. Take a look at your accounts and make sure they are all private so you do not risk damaging the next step in your career.
WHY CHECK WHAT YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA SAYS ABOUT YOU?
91% of employers use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to screen candidates
13% rejected a candidate because they lied about their qualifications
11% rejected a candidate because they posted inappropriate comments. The same amount rejected a candidate because they posted inappropriate photos
11% rejected applicants because of posting negative comments about a previous employer
10% were rejected for posting content about them using drugs
9% were rejected for posting content about them drinking
37% of employers look you up on Facebook.
65% said that they want to see if the candidate presents himself/herself professionally
51% said they want to see if the candidate is a good fit for the company culture
51% want to learn more about the candidate’s qualifications
35% want to see if the candidate is well-rounded
12% said that they use social media as a means of looking for reasons not to hire the candidate
15% have disciplined an employee for violating multimedia sharing / posting policies
17% disciplined an employee for violating blog or message board policies
TOP TWEETS TO GET YOU FIRED
Hate my job!! i want to tell my bosses how dumb they are and how meaningless this job is, then quit, and be happy!
So my job was to test all the food at the new resturant, can I just say, ughew. I’m going to taco bell then twistee treat
Workin… This job sucks worse than the economy!
I’m going to work! Walmart! Must find better job! I hate it when chicks there have a deeper voice than me and refer to me as foo!
Also I’m really bummed that I’m working today, i asked off so i could study but my boss is a ******* **** ***** ***** who can’t read.
Coworker smuggled out a chair for me. Currently being paid to SIT around and listen to John Barrowman on my iPod. I don’t hate my job today!
It’s bad when you overhear the n00b programmer say “I used to work at McDonalds with him“ and you wonder if he is talking about the CEO…
Huh, with my boss on twitter, maaaybe I should take down that sexy picture of her… but her reaction will be priceless!