Knowing what to share during a job search
The information we share online says a lot about who we are. Knowing what to share during a job search is just one area.
With 43% of recruiters saying that the image portrayed by a candidate on social media has led to a job offer, it’s more important than ever to take what you share via social media seriously. Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and even blogging platforms are all taken into consideration by employers when vetting candidates.
Controversial updates or links
Sharing, linking to or even ‘liking’ controversial updates or articles is an effective way to damage your chances of passing a social check by your prospective employer.
We all have our own views, but using common sense and knowing when (and when not) to endorse certain opinions and stories (which is what you’re publicly doing) is key to maintaining your personal brand.
Complaints about your current employer or boss
Obviously this is a basic thing, but many people still believe it’s OK to discuss and complain about their boss, employer in general, or even their colleagues.
A new employer doesn’t want to hire someone who will be doing their best to damage the brand image or abuse fellow employees online, and 36% have rejected a candidate as a result.
Updates about your drunken nights out (especially during the week!)
It’s no secret that some people enjoy a drink and want to let their hair down from time to time, but sharing inappropriate images of your nights out won’t do you much good when searching for a new job.
Even historical images should be considered as part of your social media cleanse – everything should be considered non-secret once published. Sharing social updates is fine, but filter what you share with your current career efforts in mind.
Loads of updates during working hours
If you’re constantly sharing updates to your social networks during working hours, then you’re obviously not working. Wasting time at work on Facebook isn’t a trait most brands look for in an applicant.
If you find it difficult to resist responding to friends shares or posting the latest news for all to see, try turning off notifications or leaving your phone in your bag.
Your address or any other sensitive personal details
This one doesn’t only count during your job search. Don’t share your sensitive personal data publicly.
It’s all too often that people share their address and then the news that they’ll be out all night or about to go on holiday.
The other side of this is the more information you share about contact details, etc. the more junk mail you’ll start to receive.