If you ask organizations and HR departments if they have rejected a candidate after seeing something that was not right in their profiles on networks, 70% will tell us so. It is a not inconsiderable and to be taken seriously percentage.
Why do most recruiters analyze the activity of the candidates in social networks? The answer is clear, before the interview, it’s to see the candidate’s reputation. And this should not surprise or shock anyone, our profiles on networks are a reflection of at least part of our personality, no one can hide forever and our content and our comments we build our reputation, our personal brand.
In 2009, the British newspaper Daily Mail tells the story of a 16-year-old who was fired after posting on his Facebook account was ‘very bored at work’.In the professional field, social media become important as a means of information, and can have negative or positive effects, according to the use we make of them.
Social Networking: Key in the selection process
Statistics show that more and more recruiters flock to social networks to research candidates. Some think that this is invading the privacy of people, but here we tell you why it is not:
- Companies do not hire employees, they hire people. The behavior of a candidate it is relevant to predict job performance of a prospectus.
- Social networks are not private; the Internet is a public platform that can be accessed by many people for different purposes. If there is something really private in your life, do not post it on the Internet.
- Social media can boost your career and show more of your personality, interests and knowledge. They are an extraordinary business card if you learn to use them.
What social networks say about you
If you think you’ve been using your network will not be much help in your job search, put to work and clean your reputation online with these tips:
Google yourself: The first step to monitor what the image that you reflect on the net is a Google search. To want to have a common name can use quotes (“ “) to close the search to specific words, such as “Matthew J. Blair”
Check the security settings. Many people compromise their working lives not spend time exploring setting up your social networking accounts. In each network, you can select who can access our information.
Embark on a posting focused on your professional life. Social networking sites are great for finding information, obtain contacts and build an attractive online presence. In addition to sharing photos of your friends, family or entertaining test make postings on news relevant to your environment and be sure to follow leaders in your industry.
Make your social networks match your professional profile. Before starting your job search is highly recommended positively strengthen your online presence. It will be difficult for a recruiter believe you’re a responsible and respectful person if your internet publications are always related to alcohol or partying.
Use your social networks to obtain employment
- Beware language. Social networking is an open space that allows people to express themselves freely; however, if your recruiter is looking for something more about you and finds offensive language or misspellings, he/she may prefer to select someone else.
- Prohibited Content. You can post them in your profile, but you will not be appreciated by any recruiter: we talk about negative comments about your current job, boss or colleagues; discriminatory remarks related to race, gender or religion; comments on irresponsible alcohol and / or drugs and content of a sexual nature.