Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Will your social media profile influence your chances on the job market?

Last week, an old school friend send a message on Facebook to several people in HR to know whether someone’s presence on social media would have an impact on their job search. Within an hour there were several responses ranging from no impact at all to someone who checked every possible channel to gather information.

In this digital time, your online presence and the impact it may have on your professional life is a hot topic. Research shows that most companies will check your social media profile prior to hiring you.

Contrary to what you may think, we are not looking for the juicy details about your life. I’m not really that interested in what you have done over the weekend.
What I do look for is a glimpse of your personality.

I don’t know about you, but I catch myself very often quickly checking LinkedIn prior to meeting someone or when a name gets mentioned in a conversation. Who is this person, who do they know that I know as well and what do they look like.
Consequently, your LinkedIn profile can serve as a strong supporter of your personal brand. So use it to highlight your strengths and what you have to offer. Avoid the typos and use a picture that presents you in a favourable light.

When it comes to Facebook, I usually don’t check candidate profiles. But let’s face, all privacy discussions put aside, if you don’t want the world to know, don’t share it on Facebook. You can use privacy settings to shield off your personal life but through sharing or tagging, information that you don’t want publicly displayed may still reach a large audience.

Twitter is a different thing. A lot of people use it to voice an opinion. There is nothing wrong with having a strong opinion about a subject but beware of the disadvantages this may have. Your current or future employer may not have the same point of view.

When it comes down to managing social media to grow your personal brand, most of you will closely monitor what you put on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But beware of the less obvious presence that you have online: comments you make on news site, personal blogs that you write about your family, funky you tube videos from your rockband… But it can also be someone with the same name who presents a totally different picture than what you have in mind.
This type of information has the very bad habit of popping up at the most inconvenient time. Therefor it is a good idea to Google yourself from time to time to check what a search will reveal.

To conclude, social media is here to stay and it has an impact on your professional life. So beware of your digital footprint and manage it with the same attention as you manage your real-life relationships.
If you want me to tell you what your social media profile reveals from a headhunter point of view, don’t hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you,

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