No spelling mistakes on your CV? No coffee stains on your suit? Old iPad sold to us with a nice new shiny one in your bag? Hicky hidden by makeup? Tights snag stopped by clear nail varnish? Tie not sticking out from the bottom of your shirt? Interview Q&A prepped? Hmmmm….. so how’s your Facebook account looking? Any compromising photos? Been moaning about rubbish work days on Twitter much this year? Social media matters, people!
We buy consoles, we buy laptops, we buy smartphones, blah, blah, blah! We’re also hardworking folks with big social media love and lots and LOTS of experience on the job (did you read about our MD buying junk bikes as a kid, refurbishing them and selling them on?) A 2008 survey by PC World Business section found 20% of employers admitted they vet prospective employees via social media before an interview. A further 9% admitted they intended to do so when the next hiring and firing round came along. Of that 20%, ¼ said they had hired staff based predominantly on their social networking profiles, whilst ⅓ confessed to NOT hiring someone based on their social media activity.
So, those figures are from 2008….
… In 2008, Facebook had 90 million globally active users. Today there are more than 800 million. With more than 7% of the world’s population using Facebook and Twitter (Twitter currently enjoys a big love party of 500 million or so users) you can’t ignore the fact your dream job could slip away due to a drunken Facebook photo or one mega-angry Twitter update about your current lunatic boss!
Our advice? Un-tag those Facebook photos, check your privacy settings on all social media sites, delete those dodgy Twitter posts (the ones about hoping your boss gets his face stuck in a bear trap!), then check your privacy settings again!