You may have heard this before, but it bears repeating: If you’re looking for a job, be careful what you put on any social media site. Why? Because employers routinely search social media in order to learn what they can about the character of their potential employees.
A case in point is a situation described to me by a hiring authority. The company had lost the manager of their San Diego County location, and have been short staffed ever since because they can’t find a quality applicant.
It’s not for lack of trying – they’ve sorted through a plethora of resumes, and interviewed the top five applicants for the job. From those interviews, they picked their favorite applicant and started the background check – which now includes a look at social media.
Unfortunately, there was material out there for all to see, which made them decide this person was not who they thought, and not one they wanted working for them. On they went to Favorite Candidate #2. Oops… same thing. Favorite Candidate #3? Ditto.
I don’t know what they found that caused them to walk away from these candidates, and I don’t want to know. I can take a good guess, though – trashing former or current employers / coworkers, references to illegal drug use or excessive drinking, photos of a questionable nature, excessive use of offensive language, etc.
Social media is like a window to your character, and as far as employers go, it makes for one hell of a character reference. So when you’re job hunting, along with creating a killer resume, don’t forget to go through and clean up your social media posts to something you wouldn’t mind your grandmother seeing.
Unless, of course, you’re fond of posting how you just lost out on yet another killer job.