How Social Media Can Hurt Your Job Search?

Social Media And Job Search: Human resource is the biggest asset to any organisation. Having a cohesive workforce is as important as having a skilled one. So the hiring teams always come up with new ideas not only for testing aspirants for their skills but also to test if the candidate can mix up in the company culture or not. These days where everyone is active on social media, which can give an easy access to a persons life becomes a good option for hiring managers to test the candidates thinking process.

Aditya Sharma Co-Founder HiCounselor, Ex-Deloitte, PwC Tech Consultant

Do you know there are 70% employers who check candidate’s social media profile during the recruitment process? 57% employers who surveyed candidate’s profile rejected candidates due to something bad on social media. This is not applicable to just those who are searching for job. Even if you are employed right now, be careful about what you post on your social media profile. The study found that 48 percent of employers use social networking sites to research current employees. Of those, 34 percent have found content that caused them to discipline or even fire an employee. So how can social media hurt your job search?TO answer this question ,it becomes really important to know:

  • What you shouldn’t post on internet
  • What you should post on internet 
  • 3 step process to create a professional online presence to help you get better job offers. 

What to avoid posting on Internet?

There are many things which we do not realise while posting on social media can affect the company image in some way. There have been cases where a company has been pulling into dispute due to something that its employee posted on their personal social media platforms. Hence nowadays companies have started paying attention to its employees presence on social media. On the other hand, when an applicant applies for a job, social media platforms become an insight to your thinking process. So following is the list of things you should keep in mind while using social media:

  1. Job candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information: 40 percent
  2. Job candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs: 36 percent
  3. Job candidate had discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc.: 31 percent
  4. Job candidate was linked to criminal behavior: 30 percent
  5. Job candidate lied about qualifications: 27 percent
  6. Job candidate had poor communication skills: 27 percent
  7. Job candidate bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee: 25 percent
  8. Job candidate's screen name was unprofessional: 22 percent
  9. Job candidate shared confidential information from previous employers: 20 percent
  10. Job candidate lied about an absence: 16 percent