Social media sites are a great way to stay connected with others. You can connect with friends, family, and co-workers. Some of which may not even be in the same country as you. But, with that being said, it’s also a dangerous place that can hurt your future job prospects. If you’re not careful about what’s posted on your social media, you may be hurting your job search. Here’s how to clean up your social media to avoid scaring hiring managers.
Why cleaning your social accounts are important
We have a lot of transitions in life. Whether it’s from high school to college or college to our first real job, these leaps are big and make a tremendous impact on our futures. But the maturity and differences in these milestones do impact your future, especially when social media is involved.
Everyone at times forgets that our private lives aren’t so private anymore. Anyone can look you up. And if you’re between the ages of 18-55, a hiring manager probably will find some sort of social media account that is yours… So, you want to ensure you keep your accounts clean of anything that would get you in trouble with a prospective employer.
As we have seen a lot in the headlines lately, past mistakes will come and bite you so trying to avoid making them is essential.
What should go and what can stay
Social media is there to keep you connected and engage with friends and family. However, if a post is controversial you probably shouldn’t engage with it. If you are having a difficult time with this, ask yourself this question: if an employer you really wanted to work with saw this, would they be okay with it? Or would they want to run to find someone else?
Even though our personal social accounts are supposed to be private, that’s not always the case. So being safe and proactive instead of reactive is smart.
Would you want to hire you?
Like I mentioned above, your presence on social media can make or break your chances, especially on LinkedIn. LinkedIn gives you the power to show your professional self and really make a case for who you are as an employee. If you aren’t being professional or lack the knowledge of making yourself shine on LinkedIn, you could miss the opportunity you’ve been searching for.
Which leads to the question: “Would you want to hire you?” If not, make the changes needed on your social media.
Social media is a great space to stay connected but remembering to go through it and clean it up before you head onto your next job search will never hurt. Happy hunting!