Job Search Tips (Part 15): Social media in the job search
In this week’s video, we’re going to go over social media in your job search. That’s coming up.
Social media is a double-edged sword. It can hurt your job search, just as much as it can help it. 56 percent of employers say they might take a peek at an applicant’s social media profiles before offering the job. So, ask yourself, if your online self was interviewed, would you still get the job?
Interviewer: Well, you seem to be a great fit for the position. I just had a few questions about some things I saw online.
Job Seeker: Um, okay.
Interviewer: I see a tweet that says “Can’t believe that lame job fired me.” You just said you had to leave because it was a seasonal position. Can you explain that?
Job Seeker: I mean I left at the end of the summer so it was only for the season. Technically, I guess you could say I got fired, but I only flaked on a few shifts.
Interviewer: Well then. Oh wow, is that you in this video yelling at a customer?
Job Seeker: Well, they deserved it. It’s not my fault they didn’t agree with me. I didn’t even yell that loud.
Interviewer: I’m starting to think this might not be the job for you.
Job Seeker: But, wait! If you go on my Facebook, I posted a status about loving my last job.
Interviewer: ….You said you loved it for the pay and free food.
Right. So did I get the job? Huh?! Huh?!
Interviewer: *shakes head and walks away*
As you can see, social media can have a huge impact on your job search. We all like to have a little fun, but make sure your online personality reflects how you want to be seen in the real world. Unfortunately, likes and follows won’t land you the job.