Enthusiastically you put the photos of your fantastic trip to Indonesia online. In this way all your friends can see what you are up to and enjoy. Nowadays, almost everyone is on social media. Your potential employer too. So maybe you should think twice before putting a photo in swimwear and having a cocktail in your hand online. Because your potential employer may find more information about you than you think or would like.
Not only the placement of inappropriate photos but also your social media behavior can influence your application. Three quarters of employers look at the social media profiles of his potential new employees. Posting inappropriate responses or photos is the main reason for rejecting applicants. Contradictions between the CV and the information on social media or the making of grammar and spelling mistakes are another reason not to invite applicants for an interview. Think tweets full of spelling mistakes or work experiences on LinkedIn that are not mentioned on your resume.
You may think that it is a lot of work to check all the information about you online but this is fixed within a few minutes. Type your own name on Google and see what comes up. Do you find information that could potentially be harmful? Then shield it.
It is possible to screen your profile page on almost all social media platforms. When you go to the settings, you put this on private and nobody who can view your profile without permission.
It is therefore wise to check your social media channels before you send the application. You may have been tagged in a photo in the nightlife or you have commented on a strange article. By checking this or changing your settings you increase the chance that you will be invited for a job interview. Small effort right?
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