My boyfriend and I always fight about two major topics: why Nicholas Sparks is the best author (Ever) and Twitter. As seniors in college, we are 2 months, 19 days, 9 hours, and 7 minutes away from our next phase of life. For many of us that means graduate school or time abroad. For the majority of us this means employment, at least that’s what we’re betting on. We have 99 ways to go about ruining our chances at scoring a full-time offer and social media should not be one of them.
I always knew that what our generation Tweets, Facebook posts, and/or Instagram posts would be able to come back to kick us in the butt. Finally, I have some cool trends and funky numbers to prove it! Prepare yourself; your twitter may never be the same. And for your sake at finding a job, maybe that’s a good thing!
52% of employers search their candidates’ social media profiles during the recruitment process. Out of those who search, over half of employers re-consider a candidate due to something he or she has posted. Out of the topics that are most likely to squash your dreams of getting employed, the following topics are leading the race: illegal drug references, sexual posts, and profanity.
While Social Media can hurt you, it’s important to also acknowledge the benefits. 1 in 3 employers who search for their candidates on-line have come across content that has strengthened a candidate and made he or she more qualified for the job. What recruiters like to see most in candidate profiles are experience and persona. Be yourself, in the utmost appropriate way (without the social media slander and diarrhea of curse words.) It is important for a company to get a feel for whom you are to ensure that you will culturally fit with company values and atmosphere; it’s a mutually beneficial thing.
In summary, I’m not saying that everything you post can be used against you or that you should limit your freedom of expression. I just want you to remember, everything on social media can be seen – yes, it’s an open platform to say how you feel but it’s also an open platform for employers to judge how they feel.
Rather Safe than Sorry.