In 2014 according to a survey conducted by Jobvite, 94% of the persons they surveyed for the Social Recruiting Survey used LinkedIn to hire persons, 66% was selected from Facebook. What does this mean in layman terms? Employers are looking at you on social media. – Employers are judging your online behavior.
The survey stated that, 55% of the recruiters indicated that they had reconsidered hiring a candidate based on the following things:
- Illegal drug references
- Sexual post
- Political affiliation
What is your profile saying about you? What pictures do you have displayed? How are you interacting with persons in groups and “job seeking pages?” Are you conscious, that your social footprint is leaving a trail? Although we may have the view that these are personal things, when you are a jobseeker, what you do, can and will be held against you.
Did you know that online job boards don’t only contain job seekers, but employers also? Looking to see how you carry yourself online, this provides an idea of how you present your own brand and by extension how you might represent the brand of their business. A word to the wise, is to ensure that your profile is “professional.” Be extremely conscious of what you post, how you express your feelings and how you address others. In the words of Rockwell’s classic song, “Somebody’s watching me.”
“…I always feel like somebody’s watching me, and I have no privacy, Woh, I always feel like somebody’s watching me…”
They usually are.
By Samantha Hazlewood, Mcomms
Samantha is a social media guru who has a hint of paranoia, *looks over her shoulder*