The answer is YES!
Here is a really interesting infographic about job screening when it comes to social media sites. It shows that employers that are looking for a the right candidate for the job, are also looking at your online presence.
Some of the more notable facts are:
- 91% of employers use social media to screenÂ potentialÂ employees
- Facebook is the most used social network that employers use to screen you
- 69% of employers said yes to rejecting a candidate because of their presence on social media channels.
- Almost the same, 68% of employers said that they have hired someone based on their social media presence and image.
What does this mean to you?
If employees are looking at your Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin page, here is what we suggest you to do:
If you don’t wish to be screened, use your Name + Middle Name, instead of your Name + Family Name. This will make it more difficult for employers to find you. Also, increase your privacy settings to make it seem like only certain people can see your profile. With the new Facebook Timeline, you can adjust the privacy of each post, so if it’s a link that is positive and that can help your image, then post it as a ‘public’ post.
For Twitter, make sure you are not bad mouthing any employer or company. It’s very important to watch what you say, because as soon as it’s ReTweeted (even if you delete it), it’s still live on Twitter. Be sure to use proper grammer, spelling, and refrain from using curse words to help stay positive, which helps your image.
For Linkedin, if you connect your Twitter feed or adding a blogging widgets to your Linkedin feed, be sure to watch what you say on them. If you Tweet something that turns up on Linkedin and it’s not positive, delete it from the feed. Also, be sure to update your job positions regularly, because if your job information is outdated, and you say that you still work at that ‘Coffee Shop down the street’ then it will hinder you from getting a better job!
It’s all about branding yourself. So…make yourself presentable, won’t you?
Thank you for reading,
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Source of infographic: Reppler