Think your future (or current) employer won’t be checking your social media accounts? Think again! According to new surveys between 60-70% of employers are looking. Show them you’re a worthy candidate by avoiding these top mistakes!
Writing the way you text The way you write a post and how you text your friends should be kept separate. When posting, keep a similar style to how you would write a professional email and stick to those standards. Use proper grammar, make sure things flow well and make sense, avoid using all caps and spelling mistakes (yes employers WILL judge your type-o's). When in doubt use a free software like [Grammarly] (https://app.grammarly.com/) or spell check. It will help you appear professional!
Posting inappropriate images or those with alcohol Anything you wouldn't want your mother or future boss to see, avoid! Assess the overall theme of the images that you post, are currently in your albums, or you are tagged in. While having a few pictures of yourself with a drink in your hand is okay, too many photos of drinks in your hand will have your potential employer thinking you’re a party animal. When posting a new image ask yourself, "Would I want my boss to see this?" Clean up and delete any images you don't feel are appropriate.
Complaining about past jobs Putting your complaints out there for the world to see is generally a pretty bad idea. Avoid saying negative things, but especially about your old job or boss. If a potential employer reads them they will quickly assume that one day you will be posting about them. This is an easy way to get passed over for an interview.
Posting Negative Comments Any comment meant to offend another person or group could cost you the job. Be sure to also avoid gossip, negativity, and just stay neutral. It can seem like a good idea to jump right in when other's are complaining, but don't give in!
Keep in mind that even if you've set your account(s) to the highest level of privacy, tagged photos, and other things can slip right through. A good rule to remember is that once you post something online it is there to stay! So, be mindful of what you have on your social media accounts now and in the future.