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Is Your Social Media Stopping You From Getting The Job You Deserve?

Kia Ora Whanau!

Alex from Costas Enterprises here, and this post is going to cover off social media.

You may not be aware but social media has changed the way we can apply for jobs.

No, I’m not just talking about LinkedIn and those sorts of platforms, I also want to cover off platforms like your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and even Tiktok (for all those budding dancer’s out there).

While most of you know about LinkedIn and the way this is used to show your professionalism when applying for a job, you should also be aware that some employers can also look at other accounts like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or Tiktok among others.

Now this post might seem a bit “negative” but what I do want to stress is simply, be mindful of what it is that you are posting and what your privacy level is set at for the things you post.

For example, if you have a well-planned out LinkedIn profile that shows your capabilities and can help you show your connections and projects you have worked on, on paper you are represented as a professional with a can-do attitude who gets the job done …
The flip side is your future employer can also do a simple search on Facebook/ Instagram and discover that you live that party lifestyle, out drinking on a weeknight, posting how much you hate your boss or your hankering for munchies after 4:20 pm.

Your going to be sending out two separate messages, one saying your all business, the other . . . not so much.

But why is this important?, Can’t I just live my life??

Look this is not a blog to say never post anything, instead I’m saying, be mindful of what you post and the perception you might be creating.

Try this for an example, look through your social media accounts and judge it as if your were hiring a version of yourself. I know you will probably be a bit biased, but try to think like and employer. Are you as a person seen as someone that is going to represent their company in a positive light?

I have mentioned previously that I have worked for the New Zealand government, well we have a saying “Don’t do anything that’s going to end up on the front page of the Dom Post” and what this means is, any decision you make or represent is reflective of your employer. The last thing you want is to create a image of yourself that would “harm” your employer.

For Example: If you were working for an employer like Coca-Cola, you wouldn’t go on television saying Pepsi is better because, despite being wrong, your representing Coca-Cola as your employer is being brought into a bad view.

You have to think this way about yourself and what your social media is saying about you as a future employee.

Now, the employer shouldn’t use your social media perception as a reason to deny you from applying for a job (and officially, they can’t), however the problem is the perception of “This person might not be at work because they go out on weeknights” has already been created and that is a hard thing to shake.

So what do I do? I still want to share my experiences with my friends, I love my lifestyle!

I strongly suggest you still post whatever you like but make your account private and only view-able by friends (or friends of friends).

If you do want your account to be searched by everyone just be mindful of what you want to portray to your future employer before you even sit down for the interview.

This concludes a pretty short blog but hopefully it was a little bit more helpful. Thanks again for reading and hope it brings you some value. As I have mentioned in most of my blogs, I am an Amazon Affiliate and if you click and buy something (anything) from the link, I do get a slight commission. What I am going to recommend is a helpful book for building your Linkedin profile. The book is called How to write a KILLER LinkedIn profile … and 18 mistakes to avoid I found this book to be reasonably short but cant helpful for those starting out.

Please feel free to like, share, subscribe and also comment. i love to hear from all of you and want to know that what I’m posting is helping you.

Have a great day whanau!

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