We want you to be the best candidate possible when applying for jobs; a good CV, a powerful cover letter, strong confident interviews, the list goes on! How many have you have tidied up your social media? Believe it or not, not only is social media a key part of your life, keeping up with friends and family, following your favourite celebrities and relating to those hilarious memes; it is also a key player in the way prospective companies check you out!
Don’t let this be something that costs you a job, find out what you can do to clean up your social media and still have all the fun!
Keep Things Private
Keep a tab on your Facebook and Instagram accounts, what you think you’re sharing with your social circle from your holiday with the girls/guys or your wild birthday night out could actually be public for all prying eyes to see. This includes prospective employers, this will not present you as a serious, professional individual. Make sure your general and post settings are private on Facebook and your account on Instagram is private. Also avoid commenting anything distasteful on social media, you never know when it could come back to haunt you.
To Tweet or Not to Tweet?
Twitter is an amazing platform for engaging with companies, brands and a way of voicing your beliefs, but of course, unless these brands are following you, you have to have a public profile to be able to reach and engage with them. We have seen many celebrities caught out from things they have tweeted years before they were famous which have damaged their careers. The same applies to you too, it might be a good idea to go through your twitter account and sift out any tweets that you wouldn’t want an employer to see. Remember, this may be a painstaking task, but do not underestimate the power of the twitter scroll, you never know how far your employer could scroll down on your profile, so cover your own back now before it’s too late!
Network Network Network
Social Media is a powerful way to connect with likeminded individuals, LinkedIn is a great social media platform to do this, engage and be proactive in the way you communicate, get involved with conversations, debates and questions your connections may be asking. However, don’t go crazy and accept and connect with just anyone, make sure they are a valuable and relatable contact to your needs.
Consistency is Key
Another LinkedIn tip coming your way…LinkedIn allow you to fill out your CV as your profile, this is great for people looking at your profile to get an immediate snapshot of you, but make sure everything you have on your CV and profile match and both detail the same details such as how long you worked somewhere, and the role itself. The last thing you want is someone asking you why your CV and your LinkedIn are not succinct, this can make you look careless, messy and unorganised.
We hope this has helped you think about what you need to do on your social media accounts, if you’ve already done all of the above, fantastic, and if you haven’t, don’t worry, there’s no time like the present to get started! Good Luck!