How to Spring clean your social media presence during your job search

According to new research published this week, 60% of hiring managers and recruiters now vet candidates’ social media profiles when assessing their suitability for a position. That’s up 8% from the year before, and continues the trend of social media becoming an increasingly important part of the job application process. If you haven’t got a handle on your online presence while you’re job-hunting, you’re in serious danger of derailing your applications before even getting the chance to interview. Here’s some tips to make sure you’re on the right track.

Google yourself

A quick and easy way to check on your digital footprint is to type your name into Google and see what comes up. Recruiters will often do the same, so it’s worth keeping an eye on what they’re likely to find. That way, if anything dodgy comes up – an unprofessional photo, a blog post you’d rather forget – you can get rid of it before anyone has a chance to see it.

Go private

You know that photo of you when you were drunk at university and thought it would be funny to put a cone on your head? It’s probably best if your future employers don’t see it. The easiest way to avoid any such problems is simply to put your profile on private. Of course, you could go through your profile and delete anything untoward, but it’s probably easiest to just cut off the problem at source.

Give your Twitter a once-over

As Kanye West, Piers Morgan, and a whole host of Premier League footballers can attest to, it’s remarkably easy to write something regrettable on Twitter. The immediacy of the platform doesn’t exactly lend itself to well-reasoned thinking, and lots of us have probably tweeted something we now wish we hadn’t. So have a quick scan through, and make sure there’s nothing on there that might make an employer think twice.

Professionalise your profile pics

Even if you make your accounts private, people can still see your profile pictures, so make sure they represent you in a professional light. That doesn’t mean you have to be in a suit and tie, but just think about the kind of image you want to portray to potential employers – realistically, a picture of you at a festival with a Stella in each hand is unlikely to help you get a job.

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