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How to Prepare your Social Media for Potential Employers

Posted by admin on April 25, 2017

Social media is no longer simply a website to talk to friends and stalk celebrities. Nowadays, it can be used as a powerful self-promotional tool. Many recruiters now even turn to social media sites like Linked In, Facebook and Twitter to suss out their potential employees.

Though not every industry is likely to be concerned about social media, employers in media and public relation sectors are probable to rank it as an important factor. Regardless of your field, it is important to be aware of how you may come across on social media profiles. Therefore you should do anything you can to make your online self as attractive as you appear on your CV.

Use Google

Have you ever tried doing a Google search of your name? Though you’re aware you can be found on the most popular social media sites, you could have signed up for one years ago and forgotten all about it. Doing a Google search of your own name can help to bring up any embarrassing old profiles potential employers may be able to find. If you can’t remember old passwords, email the webmaster of the site and ask them to remove you.

Think Twice

When we upload an image of ourselves online, we are sending out a message about who we are. Even if we delete this picture further down the line, it’s likely to still be lurking around on the Internet somewhere, completely unbeknownst to us. Think twice about the images you post, even if it’s from your birthday or a university celebration. Facebook often changes its privacy settings, so take a look at yours to ensure your profile is private.

The same goes for statuses, tweets and even YouTube comments; it’s important to understand that whatever is posted online has the potential to be viewed by anyone.

Linked In

LinkedIn can be used to your advantage, so ensure your profile is complete and relevant. Most recruiters are likely to find you on here and take a look at your employment history, previous education and any skills that are related to your job application. Put yourself in the recruiter’s shoes- what would they want to find on your LinkedIn profile? Keep it professional, but make sure your personality shines through by adding your accomplishments and interests to your profile.

Check Settings

Use the option to private your accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This way, you can keep any images invisible to potential employers, unless they are an approved friend or follower. If you don’t want to private your accounts, check the settings, as you may be able to find options to hide older posts from appearing on your timeline- saving you any embarrassment appearing from 2007!

Here at Honor Search, our specialist team of consultants are industry experts and know what it takes to impress potential employers via your online profiles. We can offer you guidance, advice and more importantly, a range of suitable roles to help you find your perfect job.

For more information, you can get in touch with a member of the Honor Search team by visiting our contact page or by calling 01322 305331.