Ways to Clean Out Your Social Media Profiles When Job Hunting
More than ever, hiring managers are turning to the Internet, and specifically social media, to see what they can learn about potential applicants. That’s why it is important to be sure that your social media profiles reflect positively on you. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to clean up your social media presence and help you advance your career.
Four Steps to Clean Up Your Online Presence
- Change Your Profile Picture and Eliminate Unprofessional Content. This is important. If your Facebook profile photo is less than professional, find a different photo to use. Delete embarrassing or unprofessional content.
- Use Facebook’s Activity Log. This feature allows you to monitor content that friends have tagged you in and allows you to choose whether or not it is visible to others on your profile.
- Keep Some Information Public. It may be tempting to put all but your LinkedIn profile set to private, but that sends up a different set of red flags than if you miss an incriminating photograph or have an unprofessional “About Me” section. Use these sections to back up your qualifications and show some personality. If recruiters find nothing when they search, they’ll begin to wonder what you’re hiding.
- Review All of Your Social Media. Even if you haven’t used that Myspace account you signed up for so many years ago, you’ll want to take a look at that content and clean it up as well. Even if you don’t use all of your social media accounts on a regular basis, it’s still important to know what it says about you.
If you’re starting a job search or have been in the middle of one and need a little guidance, contact the professionals at ADAM Personnel today.
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