Social Media, it’s not a passing fad. MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook are here to stay. Do you have an online profile? Have you considered how your profile might affect your search for employment?
According to a survey by Career Builder, of the 2,600 hiring managers surveyed, 45% use social media in their hiring process. The survey also found that one in five hiring managers used information they found online to solidify their decision to hire. However, twice as many reported NOT hiring a candidate based on information found online. Examples of such information include postings involving drug use, bad mouthing current or former employers, discriminatory comments and sharing of confidential information from previous employment.
What can you do to make sure your use of online social networking sites doesn’t cost you your next job? First, use common sense and don’t post anything you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see. Second, use the sites security settings to make your profile as private as possible allowing only those with permission to view your information. Most important remember the saying, “Say it forget it, post it regret it!”