Why your social media profile is your resume

26Jan 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Why your social media profile is your resume

Your outfit is ready, you have just the right experience or even more that fits the job requirements perfectly.

It's your account and you can do whatever you want with it. But pouring out all the details may lead you out of securing that job.

You also have a speedy outlaid referees’ list, your communication skills are up the sky and – eventually - the suitable kind of confidence one wears when they are aware that their performance will be assessed, weighed and compared with someone else’s.

Literally, you are so out rightly presentable that your presence will linger in the minds of those present at the panel and probably remain deeply imprinted on the HR’s mind for quite awhile after you walk out of that interview room.

You are well prepared for the interview and it’s not a bad thing. Infact that should be the day you ought to give your best.

This is a typical interview preparation by anyone who’s eager to smash those questions and ultimately bring the award home – the job position.

However impressive your resume may look; however immaculate and neat your outfit is and however confident you seem, your efforts will still be deemed futile if you have a controversial social media presence.

Shocking, right? That’s the plain truth, no sugar coating!
For today’s organisations, image is everything, and the last thing an employer wants is an employee that will make the company look bad.

The personal things you enjoy doing on social media may have unintended consequences and maybe your Facebook account, Twitter timeline, Instagram photos and Snapchat could be what is standing between you and that terrific job.

One Facebook post, a single tweet or a tagged picture may be enough to keep you unemployed literally!

Essentially, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn give the public a glimpse into your personality. It's highly important to regulate what’s being posted and to consider social media only a tool for positive utilisation.

Ever wondered why the interview might have gone smoothly and you walk out of that room with high hopes of landing the job but to your utter surprise realise that you were’nt even shortlisted?

You only get a brief text message saying “thank you for showing up for the interview, but sorry, you did not make it to the shortlist.”

You sit down, suddenly feeling dizzy, wondering what you might not have done right.
It may seem trivial, or even insignificant, but your social media presence could be your greatest undoing while approaching that interview room for that job you have been praying for.

Too many details on your personal life
Posting every move you make, including juicy details about your recent breakup and exchange of words with your significant other when you are not in good terms isn't such a bad thing after all.

It's your account and you can do whatever you want with it. But pouring out all the details may lead you out of securing that job.

It all comes down to you showcasing your personality not only to your social media friends but also to your potential employers who will know what kind of an individual you are even before they meet you in person.

Details of your job search is a total turn off too
As much as potential suitors lose interest after realising the lengthy series of your exes is the same way potential employers would lose trust and question why you didn’t secure a number of jobs after seeing your tireless struggle to find one on your profile.

When they check your social media profile, they don’t necessarily want to view your job search updates, literally!

A series of tribal posts and criticising everyone around you
This is just a total turn off for a potential employer when you appear negative with every post and picture you upload. Bad mouthing your previous boss reflects how much you can’t be trusted with the company’s confidential information.

As an employee, you are entrusted with the company’s confidential information and we are obliged to take it to the grave if need be. That’s what loyalty is.

Your friends, the groups you have joined and the pages you have liked on your Social Media Sites
You may have a friend who is a great person, but is often posting wild or inappropriate content and is a member of groups and pages that post obscene images and discuss explicit content.

While prospective employers aren’t going to base their hiring procedures on your friends, a tagged picture where you and your friend are doing something inappropriate or a comment you left on one of that group or page could influence their decision.

Make sure you set boundaries about what pictures of you can be tagged through your privacy settings. And if necessary, distance yourself from friends, groups and pages —online— that can potentially ruin your chances at a job.

A young mans' filthy comment on a dirty facebook post by a friend cost him his job in Kenya last year.

This and many others are examples of how your social media sites could be the very drawback for you ever getting a job.

The next time you are drunk and high, excited about scolding your ex, about to bad mouth your previous boss, comment on explicit content on a group page or on your timeline, sit back and think about how severe the consequences could be in the future; most importantly in your job search activity and networking.

Controlling what to post, which groups to be added, what page to like is as simple as ABCD. Facebook, for example, gives its’ users all these options.

Interviewers may already have a perception about you even before you enter that interview room, thanks to your social media account.

Your digital footprint precedes your qualifications, education, eloquence and referees. Don't be a victim!

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