To Post or not to Post on Social Media?

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What is really acceptable to post on social media? The answer to that question can be tough.

At Key Corporate Services, we have some advice for any job hunter who uses social media and wants to be taken seriously and be seen in a professional manner.

First, here is a statistic that may shock you. About 79% of recruiters now look at candidate’s social media pages before making a job offer.

A recent article by undercover gave a list of “don’ts” when it comes to posting on social media. As a rule, before posting anything that could come back to bite you in the proverbial backside, follow this simple rule; is this post something I would want my future employer to see?

The article listed several guidelines to follow when analyzing content of social media.  These include:

  • If everyone is not fully clothed in a photo, do not post it.
  • 70% rejected a candidate due to what they saw online.
  • If it contains expletives or abrasive content, do not post it.
  • If you are doing something that is considered illegal, do not post it.
  • Of recruiters who rejected a candidate due to online content, 44% cited proof of drinking or drug use as the reason.
  • If it slanders a friend, employer or co-worker do not post it.
  • 35% of recruiters cite online slandering as a reason to reject candidates.

It is a good idea to periodically review content you have posted on social media to see if the content is appropriate. What you post on your social media sites CAN have an affect on hiring decisions down the road.

At Key Corporate Services, we want all our candidates to represent themselves in the best light.

From The Key Corporate Services Blog Team