Practical Tips to Make Sure Your Social Media Profiles are Professional and “Job-Search Ready”

July 21st, 2017

If you’re about to embark on a job search, you better make sure your social media profiles won’t hurt your image. Results of the 2015 Jobvite Recruiter Nation Survey revealed 92% of recruiters use social media in the hiring process. If yours depicts you in an unflattering manner, you’re probably not going to get the job.

Whether you’re trying to capture the attention of accounting temp agencies or a specific employer, don’t start your job search until your social presence is ready for scrutiny.

4 Tips to Polish Your Social Media Profiles

Separate Your Personal and Professional Presence

Consider creating social profiles strictly for professional use. This will allow you to use your personal accounts without having to let hiring managers into your private life. Plus, having an active professional presence can boost your candidacy, because it presents you as an industry expert and highlights your passion for the work.

Enable Privacy Settings

It’s okay to share personal content on social media, but control your audience by putting strict privacy settings in place. Potential employers don’t need to see pictures of your child’s birthday party or your summer vacation. Any company worth working for will respect your right to keep your personal content under lock and key.

Audit Your Content

Carefully review all content on your social pages to make sure it’s appropriate for the public domain. Even posts that aren’t publicly available should be evaluated, because while unlikely, they could get into the wrong hands. Anything containing profanity or otherwise depicting questionable choices — e.g., foul language, wild bachelor party pictures — should be removed. This might take awhile, but it’s time well spent.

Use Good Judgement When Posting

From this point on, think twice before sharing content on your social networks — even the private ones. It’s best to avoid controversial topics like politics and religion, because if posts of this nature get on a hiring manager’s radar, it can ruin your chances of getting the job.

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