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Before you apply, check your social media...

By JordanBrowzer 27 Feb 2019

Whether you're hoping to find a part-time job, internship or a something full-time, your social media could seriously hold you back.

Most of the time, people forget about the effect this can have. But that's a big mistake!

At least 70% of employers are using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see if you match up to what is on your CV/application form or just to have a good old snoop of your accounts - let's be honest, we all do it! That's exactly why you shouldn't let your social media persona let you down in real life.

You might think those drunk videos and statuses from Saturday night are hilarious, but your future boss? Not so much.

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Not to worry, we've put together some advice that you should probably have a look at before you start applying for your ideal job:

  1. Nip your complaining in the bud
    Employers prefer a positive person over a miserable one so don't claim to be Mr/Mrs. Happy when your Twitter is full of you complaining about every Tom, Dick and Harry because your potential boss will assume that they will be next. 
  2. Delete any foul-mouthed rants
    It screams unprofessional. We all have a bad day from time to time but that doesn't need to be aired all over social media when you're in a bad mood. Save that for ranting to your flatmates and your Mum!

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  3. Don't get caught out fibbing
    You might have said 'I love playing sport and take pride in being part of a football team' but there are no pictures of you playing sport on your social media pages, it'll send alarm bells. Just don't exaggerate anything or you'll look daft in your interview. If you make it that far...
  4. Being offensive doesn't get you anywhere, believe it or not
    You'll be surprised how many people don't think before they post. Even celebrities like Stormzy have had to apologise for things they've tweeted in the past so avoid comments around race, sexuality, gender, religion etc.
  5. Make them fun and interesting
    Just because you don't want to look stupid or offend anyone, doesn't mean your Facebook has to reflect nothing about your life! Try to get your personality to shine through so employers can imagine what you're like and find out more about you.

    Oh Hello Flirting GIF by Matt Cutshall
  6. Is that another selfie?
    There is nothing wrong with taking the occasional selfie but your pictures should make you seem friendly, fun and represent you as well as possible. You don't want it to show off your body or make you look silly because, in all honesty, people do judge a book by it's cover. 

If you'd prefer, create some professional accounts instead. This way you can take a different tone and discuss topics surrounding the sector that employers would find interesting without worrying they'd know everything about you. Sign up to LinkedIn and remember to make your personal accounts private!

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Good luck with your job search, if you ever need some advice, nip into the Careers & Employability Centre

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