Many of us sneak a peek at social media when we meet someone new in order to learn more about them. Hiring managers are no exception.
If you’re searching for a job, your social media accounts may be the first impression you make on a prospective employer. Here’s how to give them the career-friendly makeover they need in order to help you impress hiring managers.
Search for Yourself
Type your name into one or more popular search engines in order to see what comes up. This way, you won’t be surprised by anything a hiring manager might find about you online.
If you find something that is less than flattering, see if you can remove it from the website yourself. If not, contact the web host of the site to ask for its removal.
Take a Look From the Outside
Most social media sites offer the option to view your page or profile as an “outsider” – someone who is not one of your friends or followers. Use this setting, then examine your profile from the point of view of a hiring manager looking for a professional to join their team. Make note of any items that seem unprofessional, and hide or delete them once you have full access to your profile again.
Use Privacy Settings
Social media platforms often have the option to make certain posts or photos private or accessible only to people you’ve friended or followed. If you use these privacy settings, you’ll only need to make sure that your profile photo, cover photo, and any other items visible to the general public are appropriate and professional-looking.
Get a Second Opinion
Have a trustworthy friend or colleague look at your social media accounts from the point of view of a hiring manager. Or talk to a recruiter who specializes in placing professionals like you in the types of job you want, and ask for an opinion about your social media profiles.
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