Hundreds of millions of Internet users have joined in on the social media foray. The two largest social networks, of course, are Facebook and Twitter. There are numerous other social outlets being established and starting to become a niche of their own.
Do you know anyone who does not have a Facebook or Twitter account? Your friends, family members, colleagues, bosses, public officials and celebrities all have profiles on these websites. You can learn a lot about a person by heading over to their social webpage and having a quick read.
The key question that is starting to be asked is: if you are on the hunt for a job could your social media profile hurt you in the end? It is very possible that your future employer would do a quick Google search of your name and find you all over the Internet.
He or she may have two very qualified candidates, but will make his or her selection based on your Facebook profile. Who is more serious of the two? Does the person’s resume match their experience? Do they exhibit inappropriate behaviour? All of this could potentially hurt any job prospects you may have.
Here are five ways social media could hurt your job search.
You are the company you keep
There is an old adage around that says, “You are the company you keep.” Having friends that are immature, criminals, bankrupt or anything negative could hurt your abilities to land a job. A human resources manager may look at your list of friends and see that they really aren’t great contributors to society.
You may look clean cut, polite and hardworking, but your social behaviour online could lead future employers to suspect that you may not be the person they interviewed. Whether your profile has a lot of vulgarity or you express messages of drug usage, political views, sexual innuendoes and/or hate, your potential boss could start having second thoughts about you.
Misrepresentation part II
The job experience or education credentials you have on your Facebook account may not match the resume you submitted. This would lead the interviewer to start pegging the question: is this person telling the truth in his or her resume? Make sure that if you have established a social media account for work, it matches your CV.
Did you hate your old job? Did you despise your colleagues and your boss? Did you post comments regarding your feelings? If you did, it’s sure to be something that the company you applied for would search for. If you published comments about your old employer, what would stop you from writing statements about their corporation?
Although you may have planned to be on Twitter for only 15 minutes, you have been Tweeting and retweeting for about one hour now. Status updates on Facebook, Pinning your every whereabouts using Pinterest and tweeting every single thing you do does reflect your time management skills. This could show the company that you are obsessed with social networking and would not complete your tasks at hand.