It’s July and Summer 2014 is in full swing. The end of the school year and the warm weather signal vacation time, outdoor recreation, family visits and more SELFIES! Summer is also a time when people actively look for work. Everyone wants to be in a well paying job during the Fall/Winter holidays and the summer seems like a perfect time to get started. If you are one of these job seekers who’s also enjoying the summer, be careful what you post on social media. A picture of you jet-skiing in an oversized white t-shirt might seem “classic” to you and your family but probably doesn’t show you in the most favorable light to potential employers. Or a candid shot of you wiping out while doing the limbo at your cousin’s wedding reception after you’ve had 5 glasses of champagne might have been the highlight of the evening but your potential employer may not be so amused.
More and more employers are using social media to evaluate and filter out job applicants. Having a pristine internet presence is essential to your job search. Here are 4 reasons why you need to clean up your image on the net.
REASON #1: 51 percent of employers did NOT hire a candidate based on what they found on social media.
REASON #2: 43 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates.
REASON #3: 73 percent of recruiters hired at least one candidate via social media.
REASON #4: 93 percent of recruiters will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision.
You can find these statistics and more on CareerBuilder.com and Jobvite.com. Each performed a study in 2014 and came up with some pretty startling results. Particularly interesting to me were the statistics on the numbers of candidates posting provocative or drunken photos of themselves that recruiters found.
People are hurting their chances of being hired without even knowing it. Don’t let that be you. This Summer carve out some quiet time to update your internet presence. Find a quiet place where you can comfortably focus. Avoid having a drink in the process. But if you must, please, please, please don’t post a selfie!