It can’t be denied that we are in a very social media-oriented world these days – indeed, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a whopping 91% of online adults aged 16-24 use social networks.

However, while social media undoubtedly brings you many opportunities to present yourself to great advantage when seeking science jobs, it also brings very real risks to your online reputation.

We’ve probably all heard stories about that relative, friend or friend of a friend who lost or struggled to get a job due to that controversial tweet or compromising Facebook photo. So, can you do to ‘clean up’ your social media presence for job seeking?

Take more control over profile privacy

The most popular social networks tend to offer all manner of settings for controlling the privacy of what we share. However, many of us simply leave the settings at their defaults, not realising how much we might be sharing with the whole world. 

Facebook makes it easy for you to check how public your profile content is – just head to your profile, click the ‘...’ at the top and then select ‘View As...’ to see what your profile looks like to a random viewer. You may find yourself shocked and hastily deleting cringeworthy past posts.

As for future content you post, it’s a good rule of thumb to presume everything you share will be public unless you have altered the settings – whether on an account or post-by-post basis – to restrict its audience.  

Pay particular attention to your photos

Research reported in the Daily Mail found that “unflattering photographs” topped the list of Britons’ common Internet regrets, followed by “raucous, drunken photos”. So for your social media clean up, you are going to have to go through your photos.

The 2,000 social media users quizzed by Custard Online Marketing also admitted to thinking twice about “vain selfies”, “photos of me, doing things I shouldn’t have done” and “photos of me in skimpy clothing/underwear”.

If all of the above suggests anything, it’s that we certainly care about how the images we share online affect how others perceive us. If that’s the case, you can certainly expect science recruitment agencies and employers to care about how your own image would reflect on them, so you should take the time to monitor your photos.

While it is often now possible on social media to control other people’s ability to tag you in photos, that doesn’t mean the photos don’t exist. So if you see an image that you wish to have removed, ask the person who posted it or get in touch with that social network’s support team.

Regularly Google yourself

You can almost guarantee that someone – whether a potential employer, friend, family member or acquaintance – has Googled your name in the past. What will a science employer see if they Google your name right now? Is there anything – including in the video and images sections – that might deter them from giving you an offer?

This is why you should routinely Google yourself to ensure that your online presence remains squeaky clean, not least as there may be content posted about you on other social networks.

Again, if you see something that might not be acceptable, you may be able to have it removed simply by appealing to whoever first posted it. On other occasions, that may not be possible, but there’s no harm in trying.

With one People Management report suggesting that about a third of employers have rejected candidates on the basis of their social media profile, it’s clear that this isn’t an aspect of your online presence you can overlook.

While having your social media clean up, it’s also vital to ensure you have the right science recruitment agency by your side to assist you with your job search. Contact Hyper Recruitment Solutions now about our Candidate Commitment that outlines what we can do to help you find your dream science role.  

 
 
Did you know you can find HRS on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube?
 
 
We use our Twitter account to promote our company as well as a way to interact with our followers on a daily basis. In the space of one year our number of followers has grown to over 8, 500 that's pretty impressive right? So why should you follow us? We post new jobs to Twitter everyday and regularly tweet useful tips and advice on the recruitment process itself –including everything from CVs to the interview itself!
 
What’s more, we like to keep our loyal followers engaged in the world of science, so we make sure we post a science fact every morning! As if that wasn’t enough, every Friday we run a weekly prize draw, whereby one lucky follower has the chance to win a science / technology themed prize! Whilst we are on the subject of prizes, to mark our one year anniversary, we are running a month-long competition, where one lucky follower will win the new BlackBerry Q10! To read the full Terms and Conditions and details on how to enter, click here
 
 
Along with our Twitter content, all of our blogs are posted to our company Facebook page. Our weekly blogs will keep you up-to-date with our latest company developments as well as with what’s happening in the science and technology markets. Our Facebook page is a great way for you interact and communicate with us and get in touch. Don't forget - if you enter our prize draws, remeber to ‘like’ our Facebook page as well as follow us on Twitter. So make sure you visit our Facebook page regularly and keep an eye out for those instructions on how to enter our competitions!
 
 
Did you know? YouTube has now become the second largest search engine after Google, but what does that mean? It means that people are going to YouTube not only to find answers to their problems but to see them! Instead of reading the information, most of us would much rather watch it. So with this in mind, we recently launched our very own YouTube channel to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments within our company. What’s more, this site will eventually provide useful videos to help you successfully secure a new job within the science and technology fields. These videos will include, working with recruitment agencies, how to write a CV, preparing for a job interview and much more, so watch this space! We’ve just uploaded a new video so check it out! We want you to get to know the people behind the team! Here at HRS we are always happy to help you, so why not get in touch at least you will know who you are talking to!
 
 
Why do we have a Google Plus business profile? Well it’s owned and operated by Google of course! Most of us use Google for everything these days, so by having a Google Plus account, we are increasing our numbers of highly targeted visitors from Google’s very own search results! Similar to Facebook’s ‘like’, Google has “+1 votes”. The more +1’s your pages and posts gets, the better. So, why not check out our profile and give us your vote! We regularly post content on our Google Plus account. Every article we share creates a link back to our website. We not only share content, but re-share content to our community. It’s a great way for us to be involved with our circles and increases the chances of our content being shared withitn our circle of influence. You can find out more about me and HRS in the About section on our profile page on our Google+ profile page.
 
 
With over 120 million users worldwide, LinkedIn is not merely a social network aimed for business users, it’s an online network of influential people all over the world. Moreover, LinkedIn essentially brings business people together in a new and unique way. Our Linkedin profile has certainly helped us to build a network of useful contacts. Similarly to our other social media accounts, we regularly post content to keep our followers up to date with the latest news - not just from within our company but the science and technology markets. So why not connect with us through Linkedin, find out what we’re talking about and join the discussion!

 

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying it - social media is everywhere! With Facebook boasting over 1.11 billion users and Twitter over 500 million, there’s no doubt about it, social media is certainly very powerful!

So why use it? Well firstly, because it’s free! Whether or not it will remain free in the long term is uncertain, but for the immediate future it is so, if you are a start up company or small growing business it’s definitely worth capitalising on this. Promoting your company’s new products and special offers through traditional means such as newspapers, television or billboards ads can be expensive. So the world of social media is the perfect place for advertising your business to thousands of customers without paying a penny!

It’s a well known fact, that word of mouth is the most effective way of promoting your business and products, but social media take can it one step further... With so many people in one place, positive feedback can be instant and easily shared amongst thousands of people at the touch of a button! Of course this also stands for negative feedback so it’s worth bearing this in mind to!

Don’t forget, it’s also worth taking into considering that your social media strategy must be more than just a sales pitch if you are to fully engage with potential customers. No one enjoys talking to an automated answering machine and the same applies in the social media world. There’s nothing worse than having an inactive account that doesn’t interact with customers! Therefore, if used skilfully, social media can provide an opportunity for your company to directly engage with your customers on a more informal and personal level. For example, why stop at simply informing them about your new products, why not encourage your customers to tweet pictures of themselves actually using it! Social media is a great way to think and be different from your competitors. Instead of just trying to get customers through the door, taking money and forgetting they ever existed, why not continue the conversation?

Final thoughts, have you ever wondered what will happen to this new online generation in the coming years? Yes, you’ve guess it, your customer base! So, even if you’re new to the social media world, it’s becoming essential that you have an online presence and embrace this new technology! 

Why not take a look at the HRS social media accounts and see how we interacting and engaging with our audiences. What are we talking about? Are we connecting with you?

Did you know we update and post jobs on a daily basis? These are all visible across all our social media networks.

 

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