When I see some of the photos people post on Facebook and Instagram, especially young people, I just cringe. What nobody wants to hear from me is this: EMPLOYERS are checking your social media accounts!!
If you are intelligent, hard-working and responsible, and you apply for a job where those skills are valuable, then why would you post a photo of yourself after you have been partying all night? Don’t do it. I know clients of mine have taken job applications for people only to shake their head and turn them away after seeing the wrong type of photos on Facebook or Instagram or other social media outlets.
I, myself had an interview with an impressive young woman, but after I saw the headshot she posted on LinkedIn, I passed her by. If you don’t know what LinkedIn is, you need to research it. Let me just say that it is not the same as Facebook. It’s not a dating site, it’s not a social site, it’s a place to go if you are looking to build professional connections and try to get hired for that dream job. Man or woman, you don’t post sexy selfies, nor do you post a photo of you catching a big fish. Get a professional head shot taken by a photographer, while you are wearing business attire, and keep those big laughs, or those smoldering looks for Tinder.
There is so much competition for good jobs these days, don’t do things that take you out of the running. If you have had an interview recently, and you think it went well, but you were not offered the position, I suggest you check out your social media profiles. Better yet, check them out with a friend who will be honest, or call me, and I will help you clear them all out.
And please, use Twitter responsibly. Don’t go on rants, don’t troll people, do not make off color jokes, they check Twitter too!
I know this part doesn’t pertain to social media, but please also remember to run spell check on your resume before you send it out.