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Posted by Natalia Juszczak on 25/10/2019
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There is a massive competition among the candidates running for a given job. Recruiters use more and more techniques to check the future employee. How to care for privacy nowadays? Here are the four most common mistakes you make on social media.

Everyone should be aware that in today’s world, CV is not the only trademark of yours. In modern times, everyone must take care of their image. Personal branding has become a crucial element in the recruitment process. Social media profiles are a huge source of knowledge for a future employer. Companies often look for social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. They check the posts and photos that you upload on your profile. In 2017, the CareerBudiler website carried out research that showed that over 70% of employers check candidates on social media.

Social Media Networking Internet Connection Concept
Before even sending your CV to any company, make sure your social media accounts are either blocked or seem presentable.

Where do companies usually look for information about you?

The jobvite.com report, which was drafted in 2016, shows that 78% of people start with LinkedIn. Facebook is in second place with 43%. Third place belongs to Twitter (22%). Then, there is Instagram (8%), YouTube (6%) and Snapchat (3%).

Checking the way the candidate express

Recruiters browse posts and comments to see how you relate to other people and what your opinions on selected topics are.

Checking what kind of pictures are uploaded

Photos reflect a part of our personality. Unfortunately, some people have pictures of stimulants or exposed body. Many people upload photos at the time of work, for example, on instastory. That indicates their lack of commitment or poorly planned working time.

Drinking espresso and checking social media
Make sure you don’t upload posts or pictures during your work hours. It just looks bad.

Frequency of posted content

If the recruiters are looking for a person for a job related to social media, they will look at the frequency with which they upload their content and what its subject is. If these are posts about various topics uploaded every 30 minutes, it does not bode well.

How to prevent sharing content from social media with third parties?

The easiest way is to set privacy. Each portal has a so-called privacy policy. The regulations contained in it allow you to block selected content for users you do not know and for people who aren’t logged in. There is a limitation on the visibility of our profile on Facebook.

Finger touch smartphone screen with privacy protection
If you don’t want to delete all your nostalgic party pictures from five years ago, make sure to set your privacy on all your social media accounts.

What to do?

Profile picture

The image of a cat, dog or you when you were ten, does not reflect the way you look now. Make sure to show your face! If an employer sees an adult person, not a fictitious character, it will have a better outcome.

Information tab: the workplace

If you’ve worked in a company that has a known brand or a good reputation, show it off. The future employer will pay attention to your experience.

Your posts

Watch out what posts you put on your wall. Posts regarding a lousy boss or colleagues aren’t the best idea. “Comment the name of a person who is going to buy you a hamburger” does not look like your best business card. Share your interests! Upload a photo of the trip that you think was the best in your life or show how much you enjoy cycling.

Happy friends taking selfie on a yacht
Content that shows your interests and productive leisure time will always be appreciated by your future boss.

Photos added to your albums

Posting photos where you hold three empty bottles of wine and a pack of cigarettes are not the most excellent idea. And those pictures from the party that happened six years ago? Delete!

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