So you know how when you’re job hunting you always have that moment where you wonder if you should disconnect your social media life? You know..you wonder if you should deactivate your facebook, delete all your tweets, hope to god that when you’re googled those old college videos of you doing stupid stuff don’t show up. Well don’t! Social media can be a great way of finding job opportunities by advertising yourself as an active job seeker. It’s definitely about finding a balance, using your privacy settings effectively, and doing some double-checking to make sure you’re sending the right image. I asked one of our recruiters to address whether some of the concerns you’ve all got are fact or fiction.
You won’t get a job if you have drinking pictures all over your facebook profile
Fiction. While, it’s not suggested that you have an open profile sharing every drinking instance in your life, if you have a good grip on your Facebook security settings, you should be fine.
Recruiters and hiring managers check your twitter.
Fact. Most of the time. I’m too busy to check every person’s twitter account, but I might skim a few. Don’t post anything stupid.
Your facebook and linkedin should match as far as job history goes
Fiction. Personally, I think that Facebook is where my private life is and LinkedIn is where my professional life lives. Be intelligent about what you post and where you post it.
Recruiters and hiring managers use twitter, facebook, and social media to find people for jobs.
Fact. If I can use something on the Internet to help me find someone that has the qualifications I need for a client, I’m going to use it. Watch what you say and where you say it, because we do.
Recruiters will judge you for your online misspelling and profanity.
FACT! I will judge you for everything that you do, say, and type. If you’re a copywriter/editor and I find mistakes on your profile, I’m going to believe that you’re a bad copy-whatever.
Hopefully that helps clear up some of the questions you job-seekers might have. Comment back if you’ve got a different opinion on this stuff!