Social Media can be a fun place to post photos, funny quotes and help to keep in touch with friends and family. It has become a great outlet in the past for me to vent my feelings, however as I have become older, I have also become aware that potential employers as well as my current employer may be looking at my Facebook profile. I have cleaned up my social media and only post family photos and keep my “feelings” to myself.
according to Business News Daily, around 70% of employers now use social media as part of their screening process for job candidates. This is an increase from 2016 when about 60% of employers looked at social media.
Job applicants often apply to employers through social media sites like LinkedIn, and sometimes they are expected to have at least one social profile.
Should you be worried? In my opinion, it might be best to do a bit of Profile Housekeeping and tidy up your social media. Untag yourself from unflattering photos and delete questionable old posts. Do not post risky photos or questionable “jokes”. Be sure to pay attention to what you are posting and you may want to increase the privacy security settings on your social media platforms.
Most employers check these profiles for many reasons. One reason might be to verify who you are and your credentials. Another reason is to see what kind of person you are and an employer doesn’t want to see social media posts that are inappropriate and go against company morals or values.
In closing, it might be a good idea to take a look around your social media platforms and as mentioned earlier, do a little social media tidy-up.