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,
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
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 cleaning up your social
media presence, 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