At Complete Employee Solutions we perform Payroll Services for companies, but we also do Employee Leasing and Human Resources work. We have the inside track on what Employers, small and large, are looking for. What they are looking for is employees who will do their job, be an asset to their company, and help them retian their customers. In days gone by, you would be hired based upon your resume and a few interviews, but that is all changing.
With Social Media growing every day, and people obsessing over Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, it comes as no surprise that job boards are benefitting immensely from such sites. It is a way for potential employers to peek into your social life and see if who you say you are on your resume is who you really are and if you are the person they want to hire. With the competition so stiff for certain types of jobs, the search for a new job is not easy. Hundreds, if not thousands of other qualified candidates are competing for the attention of recruiters and hiring managers in your field. This makes it imperative to find ways to stand out above the crowd and to NOT stand belwo the crowd.
It is important you realize that your entire life is online now with the advent of social media and what they see posted there, or even on your friends’ pages, will influence recruiters. The majority of candidates have profiles on at least one major networking site, so it makes sense that hiring managers would research potential employees at those locations. I can not emphasize enought how important it is to keep your social presence free of questionable content. It is also important to take the time to actively enhance your profiles’ SEO for your job search. How do you do that? By using keywords in your description of your self. It’s also important to post things on social media sites which make you look happy and productive. I am not saying you can’t grump a little about a bad day, but photos of you drnking and posts about how drunk you got last night, even if you don’t do that type of thing often are probably best left off your most public social media outlets. If you haven’t done your cleanup and tuning up, you might want to think about doing so now.
HR Space, a blog by the website Personnel Today, reported that ‘Out of the three hundred, 91% of employers were found to have screened a candidate through their social networking pages.’ Although yes, the reason for many of these ‘screenings’ could be innocent curiosity, the site also told of 11% of the three hundred admitting to rejecting candidates due to inappropriate content such as photographs and comments about current or previous employment.
Taking everything into account, one cannot deny that social media has a major effect on a recruitment, and if used the right way can benefit both employers and employees alike!