Why Facebook Page is more important for the Candidates.
A poll from a job postings website in the United Kingdom has revealed that a third of employers have rejected job applicants after checking their social media profiles.
It’s fair to say that very few of us would want to be judged by our Facebook profiles. However closely you keep an eye on what goes on your profile, there will always be the odd picture that depicts one of your less glorious hours or a comment made as a joke that taken out of context might not sound so great.
So, it may come as something of a jolt to learn that a significant number of potential employers routinely check out job applicants’ Facebook profiles and reject them on the basis of what they see.
A survey from jobs site Monster.co.uk found that a third of employers were willing to admit to having rejected a job applicant because of something they found on a social media profile.
And more than 50% of HR professionals quizzed said that they would scan Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and would factor in what they found when making decision on hiring.
“Candidates should think about what they use each channel for – whether personal or professional – to build a profile for themselves. Many focus on the potential negatives of social media when it comes to job applications. While it’s important to manage your profile and think about privacy settings, social media can also be a really powerful tool to build a personal brand and make a candidate really attractive to an employer,” said Andy Sumner from Monster.
The study shows that spending hours crafting the best possible CV and cover letter may all be in vain if a simple Google search of your name brings up a treasure trove of social media dirt on you.
Scary as the thought of potential employers looking at your social media profiles is, maybe it’s time job seekers turn it to their advantage and fill their profiles with propaganda – pictures of them working hard at a desk, likes: being productive, etc.
And the next time someone tags you in a picture after a big night out, probably best to run it past a recruitment agency.