Job Seeking and Social Media

Social media plays a significant role in all of our daily lives.  Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok or any of the other seemingly endless types of platforms, one thing is for certain and that is that nearly all of us have an online presence.

While social media is an excellent way for us to keep in touch with family and friends and share our experiences, it is also important to be aware that when you are applying for a job, employers are now more likely to review your social media profiles, than they ever have before.

Below are some valuable resources and advice on how to conduct yourself on social media, particularly during a time where you are applying for positions.

Keep it clean: Social media screenings gain in popularity – A recent article published by Business News Daily in March 2020, highlights how important social media screening has become for employers to screen potential employees.

70% of employers are snooping candidates’ social media profiles – The Career Builder website offers a great insight into how important social media has become when it comes to “screening” potential candidates for employment.

The top three things that employers want to see in your social media profiles – This article on the Workopolis website provides an interesting breakdown on what employers believe as being the most detrimental to a potential candidate with regard to their social media presence.

There is a very useful website called The Undercover Recruiter which has thousands of blogs relating to all areas of recruitment, including the do’s and dont’s of social media for job seeking.  Here are just a few of these blogs which highlight these do’s and dont’s.

Help Your Candidates Prepare Their Social Media Profiles for Job Searches

What Are the Biggest Social Media Mistakes Jobseekers Do?

The Power of Social Media in Your Job Search

Finally, here is a really interesting podcast on how to best use social media when you are searching for employment.  This podcast is produced by Hays Worldwide which is one of the largest recruitment organisations in the world.