Will Your Social Media Feed Raise Red Flags with Employers?
Don’t be fooled. Future bosses are stalking your social media. While your LinkedIn profile might be perfect, What about your other social media accounts? Have you gone through your Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to get rid of any risqué photos and posts you might have? Well, you should.
Hiring managers want to get to know who they are considering, and the fastest way to do this, before an actual interview, is a quick Google search. This means you probably want to clean up your social accounts to make sure you haven’t posted anything that can be deemed inappropriate.
Your boss doesn’t want to see pictures from your college spring break trip to Puerto Vallarta. And they definitely don’t want to see any discriminatory rants posted on Facebook or Twitter.
As PR people, we want to stress the importance of correct grammar. Make sure you’ve got “there, their, and they’re” down perfectly even in your social media posts. Hiring recruiters will not appreciate careless mistakes that can be easily avoided.
Our advice is to use your social media to your advantage. Retweet current events and articles that show you are up-to-date and informed. Present yourself in a professional manner. Focus on your positives and once again “clean up” your accounts!
Gen-Z has grown up posting every detail of their lunches and bad decisions on social media. Once they start entering the workforce employers might be forced to shift their thinking. looking through social media for mistakes or stupid choices might make finding workers harder than ever before.
But for now, clean up your digital presence by following Forbes list of red flags recruiters look for and ensure your potential employers have no reason to pass you up.