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According to The Balance Careers, about 70 percent of employers research applicants on social media. Forty-eight percent of companies also look up their current employees, and about 34 percent have actually fired staff members due to content discovered on their social media.
Here are a few ways you can review your online presence in order to put the best foot forward in your professional life.
Choose Your Friends Wisely
Social media can be a great tool for networking, but before clicking “add friend” or “follow,” ask yourself whether or not you can really help each other. Avoid simply adding people to your circle to increase your number of friends or followers. Also remember that your friends’ posts or comments on your Facebook page can raise red flags for employers just as much as posts you make yourself. As we’ve often heard: You are judged by the company you keep.
Facebook Tip: Check Your Privacy Settings
Under Settings and Privacy, you can turn on the “Review Posts You’re Tagged In” option. If a friend tags you in a post, you’ll be able to review it to ensure you don’t mind it being posted on your Facebook Feed. Also, be sure your posts remain “Friends Only,” unless you intentionally wish them to be public.
Be the Light: Positivity is Key
Willingness to engage in teamwork, as well as a positive attitude, are important qualities to employers. Review your social media platforms and don’t be afraid to delete posts that have negative connotations or don’t reflect your personal values and principles.
And if you aren’t sure what those values are, take some time to consider it. Then endeavor to live by those values, applying them to every aspect of your life—even your social media platform.