I wrote a post recently entitled: “The social media trawl is the new standard practice in recruiting”. It’s easier than ever before for recruiters to collect information about prospective candidates – information that they would not have been permitted to request during an interview. And because of this, it’s more important than ever before for job seekers to proactively protect their online reputation. This infographic, by OnlineClasses.org, will help you get started. Perhaps the most important question of all is this: Will someone of importance to me, either now or in the future, care? If the answer is no, go ahead and tweet/post. If the answer is yes, or even a maybe, think before you post.
- Of the recruiters who rejected an applicant as a result of online content, over half (53%) said their rejection was a result of “inappropriate or provocative” pictures.
- More than three out of five recruiters (70%) admitted that they had rejected an applicant due to something they had seen online.
- Of recruiters who rejected a job applicant as a result of online content, more than three out of ten (35%) said it was due to the slandering of a colleague or an employer.
The infographic is worth a good look, not least to make sure you’re making the right calls when it comes to your social media postings. First impressions have incalculable importance, so put your best digital footprints forward.
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