Online Identity How not to let your social media rob you of the job you want

These days, a lot of employers like to do some background checks on prospective employees and often make employment decisions based off that.

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Everybody is on one social media platform or the other these days and if you are not careful, the digital world of like and comments could ruin your opportunities in real life. 

Because every social media user usually has an online personality which often differs greatly from the real life version of who that user is, it is to get lost in the nuances of the online world.

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'Do you check social-media accounts?'

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These days, a lot of employers like to do some background checks on prospective employees and often make employment decisions based off that. If you don’t want your social media history or activities to cost you a potential job opportunity, follow these four steps: 

  • Too much information never helps: posting things like your sexual preferences or drug habits on social media is a bad idea. Learn to keep some very personal details of the internet. Like the saying goes, the Internet never forgets. Something you posted on Twitter in 2010 can come back to haunt when you apply for a job in that company you’ve always dreamed of working at. 

  • Don’t take your potty-mouth to social media: Some of us like to use curse words or profanities when we speak and there is nothing wrong with that. However, it could send the wrong message across to an employer. Things like vulgarities and controversial stances are best kept off social media. These things always find a way to resurface.

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  • Get your imaging right: Because social media is not limited to location (anyone in the world can view your social media profile), the kind of images you choose to put on social media can have far reaching consequences. Nudity, for example, will most likely not sit down well with most employers. Don’t play yourself.

  • Clean up the mess: You might have put some stuff on social media already and you should take steps to take them off. Delete every post, picture or tweet that puts you in a bad light across all the platforms you are active on. Do a comprehensive cleanup of your digital footprint and leave no stone unturned, literally.

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You have to be able to think outside the box and get creative to get the best social media campaign results

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Social media can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. A lot of people have found immense opportunities but just as many opportunities have also been ruined, thanks to social media too. 

You are a brand in your own right and you should treat both your public and online perception as such. Be yourself, but be careful what you post online. All the best!

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