Social Media is massive part of people’s everyday lives, with content changing every second, as people post their thoughts, feelings and reactions to everyday news items, their hobbies and interests, and intimate details of their families and friends, without a second thought. It’s led us to wonder; how much do we really think about what we’re posting when we’re posting it on Social Media?
It’s been widely publicised that employers and potential employers will look at a person’s Social Media platform to check them out before sending out an offer of employment/scheduling an interview. CV Library recently conducted a study in which the found that workers aged 16 – 24 years old are more aware of the way they appear online than any other age group. (http://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com/article/2016-04-21-meet-the-future-of-recruitment-generation-z )
WendyB has been in business for 30 years this year and to say we’ve seen it all, is an understatement! But we do also check out candidates by looking them up on Social Media, before placing them with one of our clients. To that end, we know from personal experience that candidates often post content online that’s less than flattering/bordering on offensive.
In most cases it’s harmless, and can be put down to just ‘having a laugh’ or ‘bants’ but our message would be, before you post that embarrassing picture of your mate being sick on his shoes after a night out, or your selfie in the toilet of a train, just quickly think to yourself ‘would I send this to my managing director?’ If the answer is ‘no, absolutely not!’ then chances are you wouldn’t want a potential employer seeing it either!
Have fun with Social Media, that’s what it’s there for, but just be mindful of who might be looking at your page and what impact that might have on your future self and future career. : )