We have arrived at an age where what internship or job we are going to get and how we are going to get them consumes our thoughts. What can we do to stand out and gain these companies’ attentions? As these worries fill our minds, most of us have stop to think – can employers see what I am posting on my social media? We have all heard the long lectures of not posting anything inappropriate or unprofessional on social platforms, but do jobs actually check for it?
I decided it was time to do some research and turn these questions into answers. Since 2016, “social recruiting” has gone up 60%, meaning almost 70% of employers screen social networks before hiring. This does not mean that the best option is to ghost yourself from social media. Research also shows that 50% of employers are less likely to consider a candidate who is not findable online. It is best to take this knowledge and use your social media as an advantage. Let the employers find you and become impressed with what they see! Display a professional attitude, great communication skills, or even the countless activities you have been a part of and maybe even mentioned on your resume. Another big way to use social media to land a job is networking. Connect with others in your industry, such as through LinkedIn groups. This helps build your social capital and raises your amount of engagement with a positive and professional approach.
Long story short- as fun as it is to reminisce on the good and even bad times, it is best to keep your personal life off the web. You never know if what you are posting could hurt your own or someone else’s future.