Posting Online

Be careful what you are posting online

By Fran Watson

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Posting online

What are you posting online?  Can having a blog, a personal web site, or an account on a social networking site impact your job search, for better or for worse?  Yes, it could. With the growing popularity of sites such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, MySpace, LavaLife and others, just about anything that is online can be read by  everyone.  If you don’t want the world to read what you’ve posted, make sure they can’t.  Don’t put it online, or if you do,  post it anonymously without a picture.

Should prospective employers be reading your personal information?  Maybe not, but if you put it on the internet and it’s readily accessible, they can and they might.

Employers Review What You Are Posting Online

 

A study done by the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) reveals that more than one in 10 employers responding to their Job Outlook survey reported plans to review profiles on social networking.  And more than 60 percent of employers who review social networking sites indicated that the information could have at least some influence on their hiring decision.

Companies such as Microsoft say that researching employees through social networking sites is now fairly typical.  Joe Spartz, of the Employers Association Inc. said that: “It makes a great deal of sense for an employer to go ahead and get creative about the sources they are turning to to get that information.”  The internet is an incredible vehicle by which employers are able to gather information.  Check out this article:  https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/2377-social-media-hiring.html

Possible Reasons For Not Getting The Job

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Employers Can Check What You Are Posting Online

At New York University, recruiters from about 30 companies told career counsellors that they were looking at the sites.  They look to see if there is something about a potential employee’s lifestyle that they might find questionable or which goes against the core values of the corporation.  Read this article: https://www.hcamag.com/ca/specialization/hr-technology/how-recruiters-check-for-red-flags-on-social-media/189897

You may never know if you have been passed up for an interview or a job offer because of something you posted online that a recruiter saw on the internet.  We are not talking about what they can read on Linked-In, which is expected in a job search.  For instance a person who posted  on Facebook about their weekend when they were drinking and drugging may lose the opportunity to obtain the management position they recently applied for.

If your profile contains information on your real identity, the people you least expect, and those that you certainly don’t want reading it, may find it.  Not only your boss and prospective employers, but, also your customers, colleagues and coworkers.  For instance, if you post a LOT of personal information on a dating site, it may be found by co-workers or others.  Check out this article:  https://careers.workopolis.com/advice/the-three-things-that-employers-want-to-find-out-about-you-online/

Remember…the more information put on social networking sites such as Facebook or Instagram or TikTok, the more tempting it is for recruiters and hiring managers to check out potential employees.

To your job search success

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Fran Watson

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