Take care what you post online if you are job hunting

Posted on July 21, 2020 at 10:14 am

If you are out of work at the moment due to the current economic situation you may be trawling the internet or the local papers to search for jobs. The process of looking for work is usually quite straightforward and generally starts with completing an application form and then, if you are fortunate enough, being called in to attend an interview, but are you aware that your potential employer may be searching for your name on the internet to find out more about your background and even about your personal life. Now although this practice seems unprofessional a lot of employers do use this strategy and so it is important to be aware that what you post on social media can be detrimental to your job prospects. An example of this may be that you post a picture of yourself on a night out with friends and then comment the next day about having a hangover and being unable to go to work. If this is a regular occurrence any potential employer may be worried about your reliability and punctuality. If your posts contain comments that may be considered racist or sexist an employer may refuse to consider you for a job because they worry about their company’s reputation if they employ you.

So be aware that social media profiles should be secure and privacy levels set to prevent unwanted intrusion into your personal life.

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