Will a prospective employer check me out on social media?

You have to expect your future employers will definitely check you out on social media

 

Check you out on social media? Potential employers will. You can bet on it.

Check you out on social media? Potential employers will. You can bet on it.

“Social media is where the world is today, whether we like it or not” Sichon of Executive HR Coach said. You have to expect your prospective employers, customers, friends, business associates, potential girlfriends or boyfriends, future in-laws to check you out on social media. It’s like asking someone, “Do you eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner?” It’s the way it is. It’s not a new strategy or a fad. It’s not a policy for the moment. It’s just the way the world is today and who knows what it is going to be like in the future.

 

High school students are now being coached to be very careful about their social media presence. They learn that college admissions officers will most likely look at their social media profiles. It’s the same advise I give job seekers. Employers may look at the social media profiles of their candidates, how professional their profiles are and would they want you to be associated with their company?.

 

My social media manager tells me one if his clients does social media checks on job applicants. These people are applying for minimum wage jobs. If someone applying for a minimum wage job is getting their social media presence reviewed, you can expect a prospective employer to check your social media presence too.

 

Start by checking out what your social media presence looks like. Google yourself and see what comes out. List the sites you visit often. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Pinterest, You Tube, Instagram. Look for anything that you would not like to see. Look for pictures that do not paint you in a positive light.

 

 

What is in your social media profiles?

 

Are you sharing your religious or political views on social media? Are you entering online debates that make you look unprofessional, petty or immature? What about your Yelp or Amazon reviews? Are your comments professional?

 

Hiring managers will find a lot of information on you on social media. You have to think twice before you post or share anything online. Hiring managers are looking for anything that could embarrass them to the boss, coworkers or clients.  Make sure you do not disqualify yourself even before you’ve had the chance to be interviewed.

 

That being said, do not neglect social media or be fearful of it. I volunteer with a training organization where half the students have intentionally avoided social media. I feel that is working against them. Employers are looking for your social media profiles. If they do not find one, they may question what you bring to the table or your value to the company.

 

Y0u may say that you do not have time to engage in social media.  Who has extra time nowadays?  At the very least, establish a well written, well organized professional Linked In profile.  Add everything that is in your resume to your Linked In Profile, this is how recruiters will find you.  Attach a clear, close up, professional and updated picture of yourself.  Join relevant associations or participate in discussion groups.

 

One of my clients said that he is feeling pretty secure in his job today and doesn’t feel the need to create a Linked In profile and network with others.  What he is missing is his customers are looking at his LI profile.

 

Also, keep in mind that it is not just about what you can get from your network, it is also about what you can give.  Who knows, you may be able to connect someone and to a prospective employer and help them find a job.

 

Social media is here it stay, the sooner you embrace it, the more natural it will be to use it.

Content originally appeared at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lizasichon and http://executivehrcoach.com/employer-social-media/.

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