Snooping on candidates? It’s nothing new
MRK Associates’ essential tips for candidates in using their social media accounts wisely
Is it moral? It’s open to debate, yet employers will take the time to (try to) find you on social media. Whether that’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, SnapChat, G+ etc, if an employer wants to ensure you are squeaky clean they will check you’re not up to illegal activities or open to making incendiary remarks.
Job seekers should not be complacent that they can walk into a job if they are creating havoc on social media. We are not advocating creating an uproar on social media, but here are a few hints and tips to keep your social media presence private; what to do and what not to do:
- If you put something contentious out on any platform, and then delete it, that message can always be found.
- Use the privacy settings on Facebook and Twitter. Twitter is designed to be most effective when you’re part of a bigger, wider conversation. But if you don’t want all and sundry looking at you; protect yourself and your Tweets!
It isn’t advisable to use any social media platform to criticise anyone in your professional life. Yes, you might be frustrated with a decision at work or in an interview, for example, but bleating about in a public forum isn’t going to help – even if you get away with it.
On Linkedin, do ask colleagues and past employers for recommendations. What else can you do?
- Update your skill sets
- Do use LinkedIn to reach out, have a full profile and be strategic. A recent study showed that over 75% of employers use social media – specifically LinkedIn – to recruit
- Get involved in the Discussion Groups – it will show your industrial dexterity
- Post informative news that your connections will find of interest
- Don’t try too hard
Social media is there to be enjoyed. There are distinct media to post personal and professional items on, however, to gain a further insight into you and your background clients will always look into your background. They won’t change. So, be mindful of what you’re posting everywhere. If you think it will be contentious – go for a walk – and review afterwards. This will take the heat out of any ferocious rant. Also, if you have doubts about what you’re going to post, don’t post – it’s a sign!
Final point, don’t stop being mindful of your social media content even when you are employed. Serious criticism of your colleagues and/or workplace, or posts that will bring your role into disrepute can lead you to being dismissed.
Roland Seddon, Managing Director, MRK Associates.
MRK Associates is a recruitment and career advisory company specialising in three distinct areas of professional employment – finance/accountancy jobs, office support/administration jobs and revenue management/yield jobs. Our main geographical focus is in the Northern Home Counties area (Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire) where we provide a personal, knowledgeable and professional service within these markets.
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