Are you looking for a job? Have you landed some interviews, but for some reason, can’t seem to get any further in the hiring process? Well, the reason why might have something to do with your social media presence.
For most people, social media is a place to be yourself. You can escape to a world that you created and simply wind down. However, employers are now invading that world. According to a Career Builder survey, 70 percent of companies use social media to research potential new hires and 69 percent reject applicants based on the content of their profiles.
So, how do you protect yourself? Check out some of these social media mistakes and learn how inLinx can help you land a job.
Cross Your T’s and Dot Your I’s
Do u talk lyk dis? Well, that’s a huge red flag for employers. According to surveys of hiring managers, 30 percent of potential candidates make themselves undesirable because of spelling, grammar, or any other communication errors. Employers want to know that you’re a successful and competent person both at work and outside of it. Therefore, if you can’t spell on social media, how are they going to know that you’ll be professional at work? For once, it pays off to be the Grammar Police.
Bashing Your Previous Employer
For some people, social media can be a best friend or a therapist. You log in to your preferred social media account and release some steam or reveal some dark secrets about your workday. However, this alternate form of therapy can actually be extremely harmful to your future career. Employers will think that if you’re okay with bashing your current employer, you’d be fine doing it to them as well.
Liar, Liar Pants on Fire
One reason that employers look at your social media presence is to confirm your qualifications. They want to know that what you put on your resume actually reflects your real life. Therefore, you won’t get hired if your education or employment history online doesn’t match what you wrote on your resume. This is extremely important for social media sites such as LinkedIn.
Copying Someone Else’s Work
Plagiarism is a huge no-no in the workplace and therefore employers will hunt down plagiarizers on the Internet. Usually, you’ll just post a meme, photo, or comment by another user without even thinking about copyrights or plagiarism. It’s simply the nature of social media. However, some employers will take this as a sign that a candidate is lazy or okay with copying other people’s work.
Sharing Too Much with the World
Social media is the place to share your life with the world. However, too much sharing can also get you in trouble. If you post a comment, rant, or photo that a company would not deem appropriate, it could negatively affect on your application. So, before you hit post, you need to think about whether or not your grandma would approve. This means avoiding those photos of you drinking with your friends or the politically-heated comments between you and your uncle.
How inLinx Can Help
inLinx is transforming the way that we interact and connect in the virtual world. With its secure privacy settings, no one will see what you’re up to without your knowledge – not even potential employers. You can let your personal life stay personal. The network ensures that no one’s personal social media activities can be found on Google or any other search engine. Therefore, with inLinx, you’re able to show what you want to who you want. This creates an open environment that allows users to be free to act like their true self on the internet. Your virtual life truly does begin now.
Sign up for inLinx, the newest social media networking app, at inlinx.com.