TIPS ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR JOB SEARCH
Technology has impacted the way you will look for jobs, and most of it is positive. However, if you use social media platforms regularly, there are a few things you need to know.
Like it or not, hiring managers WILL look for your social media profiles. Ideally, you have set your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, etc., account settings to private. Unfortunately, if you have not, employers often judge you based on your posts' content, particularly sensitive topics (politics, religion, etc.).
Of course, you are free to express your thoughts. In light of this, if you are okay with what employers see, then go for it. There is the school of thought I often tell clients: 'if they don't like you for who you are, then perhaps you don't want to work for them.'
Also, google your name to see what appears. Employers sometimes conduct a deep dive into your public online history, including blogs, etc., to create an online profile of you. Have you posted blogs from years ago and feel they may not represent you well? Then update your settings.
This advice applies to LinkedIn too. I have recently seen profiles with personal family information, photos, and minimal professional content. These belong on Facebook or other platforms.
On the other hand, you too can search prospective employers' social media accounts to learn about them. All in all, whether you like it or not, when you are job hunting, you want to be on your 'best behavior.'