Why cleaning up your socials is important to job search
You’ve applied for your dream job, submitted the most awesome resume and cover letter. You nailed it! … or so you thought. Crickets! What went wrong? It could be a variety of reasons (check out our blog on why am I getting rejected), but one is completely in your control. Employers and recruiters, can and do check out your social accounts. Coming across a photo like the poor man below, is not going to do you any favours!
Therefore as part of your preparation to job search, you need to look at your socials and see what an outsider sees.
Cleaning up the socials – your visibility
Does your profile need to be public, or can you hide more? LinkedIn should be as public as possible so recruiters and employers can find you. But your personal Facebook, can it be fully locked down? Even when you do a lock down, do note profile and cover photos including historical photos typically stay visible. If you’re not sure what others see, there is a view as public option, but an alternative is to ask in a group for what people not connected to you can see, and maybe get them to screenshot.
Like everything, this can be overdone. Don’t lock your profile completely or you won’t be able to get into groups like job search groups, because we won’t be able to see if you’re a real person!
Watch things like ‘likes’ and groups you are in
A group you joined for a joke and a laugh may not be so funny if an employer finds it offensive. Likes and groups can be visible. There are privacy settings which can limit your likes to only being seen by you, or you can remove those likes maybe you’ve outgrown (or can live without while you job search).
Think before you speak on socials
Cleaning up Facebook
Go through what others can see and delete any adverse content. Editing a post can be an option, but the comment or post may show as edited and may see the reader click to see what was edited. Deleting removes from the public eye.
Even consider things like posts with young children. Keep them in your private photos for friends and family, but consider if you with your 6 month old baby as a profile photo, is helping or hindering your cause when it comes to job search. You may take the view if an employer won’t hire a young parent, then you wouldn’t want to work for them anyway, or you could take the view, don’t get judged before you get a chance to showcase how awesome you are. Your approach is totally up to you.
This was the locations of the members of the Job Search Penrith and Blue Mountains group on Facebook (during June 2020). Under 2% of members openly identify on Facebook as being from the area even though most are!
Clean up Twitter if used
Clean up your other ‘fun’ social profiles
What to do next with your socials?
Jump on your socials and look at them from an employer perspective. Is there anything you can do to make yourself stand out as a great candidate?
By Jane Tweedy, Founder, How to Job Search
About The Author – Jane Tweedy
Jane is passionate about helping people to succeed. She is keen to support many people with their job search by helping them to sell themselves. Jane successfully helps candidates regain their self belief, apply for great roles and get them!
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