It is no surprise that it has become common practice for many employers to screen applicants when hiring.
In 2019 this often includes a google search and even more specially a “Facebook stalk”.
Whilst this fact may make people uncomfortable, it is something that the applicant can’t control.
The information is free to access and publicly available.
With this in mind, what can you do to ensure that you are using the internet to better your chances at landing a job?
Post positive on Facebook
It is one thing to avoid posting rude and offensive things on your social media, but being positive is a whole other step up again.
Employers are looking for staff who are happy, positive and energetic – use your online profile to showcase this.
Review your associated pages.
Having strong opinions is absolutely our right, everyone deserves to be able to express their views.
When applying for a job however, employers are looking for staff who fit their culture. Check to see if the pages you like and manage are a fit for the kind of organisation you wish to join.
Like and follow their company page
It makes sense to make yourself know to the company.
This is the modern day equivalent of dropping in the store to say hi – though you should still do that also.
If you have dealt with the company, now might be a good time to leave a positive review.
Keep your platforms up to date
Whether it is LinkedIn, Facebook or another, information is only valuable if it is accurate or up to date.
Spend some time on your LinkedIn profile updating relevant skills, experience and roles. Don’t forget any volunteering.
In the digital world, you can’t blame people for using all of the tools at their disposal to help make the right decision.
Make sure you are actively making smart choices on what you put out into the world for all to see.