Hays believes jobseekers are still undermining their job search by using social media inappropriately. Engaging in a flame war, an online profile at odds with details in a CV, and profanity-filled content are just three issues that potentially cost people job opportunities.
“Your online activity can have an impact on your chance of securing a job, particularly if it’s offensive or contradicts the professional image or experience you are portraying to hiring managers,” says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand.
“We live in a digital age and most employers review a job candidate’s social profiles before inviting them in for an interview. This gives a hiring manager a more detailed insight into a candidate’s skills. The most popular platform is LinkedIn because it brings experience to life and tells a story about your career and what you are looking for. But jobseekers should also expect that any social profile that comes up in a search will be reviewed.”
Nick cites the recent example of expletive-ridden tweets that cost a woman a NASA internship. “When online, assume that everything you post could be viewed by a potential employer and used as part of their decision making process,” he said.
According to Hays, the most common social media mistakes made by jobseekers include:
Instead, Hays advise jobseekers to: