Over the past couple of decades, social media has exploded in popularity. With smartphones so readily available, it’s never been easier to be online and stay connected to your friends, family and content of your interest. However, due to the growing culture of social media, it was surveyed, in 2017, that as much as 70% of employers vet potential candidates online before offering them an interview - a 10% increase from 2016. This is not surprising as a US survey indicated that 80% of Americans were using social media in 2017. This means that your online presence is more important than ever and could be the difference in landing your dream job. Here are five things to avoid doing on your social media accounts that might deter employers from contacting you.
Negative Opinions - everyone is entitled to have negative opinions and you’re free to post them, but bare in mind that rants regarding previous employers or employees are not going to be taken with a pinch of salt by your future bosses. If you do feel the need to post a negative status or Tweet, just bear in mind the previous points and say it intelligibly and research the topic to show that you’re informed. Opinionated people aren’t necessarily looked down on by employers as they are often free thinkers and good problem solvers, but a quality that must go with that is a cool-head and ability to discuss and take counter arguments without responding aggressively, which might be put to the test as negative opinions are more likely to attract argumentative comments.
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