We all like to think that our work lives are completely separate from our home lives, and at one time that was generally true. When your employer had no way of seeing what you were doing with your time off – short of following you around, or hearing gossip at work – then what you did in your own time was your own business. It is no longer like that in the world of work.
Employers Check Social Media
Nearly half of employers today look at the social media pages of prospective employees before offering them an interview, and that number is increasing all the time. You may expect them to look at your LinkedIn profile, but your Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and other accounts are also accessible, so be prepared for them to be examined as well.
Everyone does foolish things at some point in their lives, but today, those foolish things tend to end up endlessly displayed on the internet, so that everyone can see them forever. A ten-year-old picture of you smoking a joint or performing a drunken stunt may not mean anything to you, since you have matured, grown past it, and forgotten all about it. It hasn’t gone away, though, and can come back to haunt you at the worst possible moment.
Remove this from Social Media
Remember that the vast majority of employers will not overlook drug use of any sort, excessive drinking, weapons of any type, angry, threatening posts, or any kind of antisocial behavior. The best way to stop your social media pages from damaging your search for work is to make sure that nothing of that nature is displayed on any of your social media accounts.
Load up your Social Media
The kinds of things that show up on your social media pages that will help you to get the job you want are things like hobbies, which demonstrate that you have healthy interests and are passionate about something, blogs about your life (especially if they are well written and interesting), and well-done videos that showcase what you do in your spare time. All of these things can increase your chances of getting an interview, so tidying up your social media pages before sending your resume out is a really good idea.