Our online identities have become the first impression we offer the world, and if you’re a job seeker, it’s important to consider what that first impression might be should a prospective employer look you up online. An inappropriate image or ill-judged comment could spell the end. Social media is a huge part of our lives and often overshare personal information that may not leave us looking as employable as we would like. This could risk a fantastic job offer, so it’s crucial to utilize social media effectively and appropriately.
Cleaning up your act on social media doesn’t have to mean stripping your favorite online social space back to a boring profile devoid of all personality. You can be yourself – just be the best version of yourself.
Go on – it’s not like you’ve never done it before. Googling your own name will reveal which social media accounts are likely to pop up if others looks for you online and can be a Godsend in instances where a lapsed account is still showing up (hello MySpace). Delete any profiles you no longer use once and for all, so you can focus on optimizing the accounts you do use for job hunting.
Social media audit
Make a list of the social spaces you regularly hang out in, and take time to audit each, keeping the following in mind:
The job market can be competitive, so cleaning up your act on social media and optimizing your online profiles for job seeking might actually give you the leg up to nab your dream job. Using your profiles to showcase your personality, surprising skill sets and interests can set you apart from the crowd, while also positioning you as technologically savvy.
If a potential employer finds you online and sees your passion for their business or industry, enjoys your personality and gets a feel for your intelligence and skills, you could end up having the advantage over candidates who aren’t playing in social media spaces.