When you’re on the job hunt, it’s generally a good idea to clean up a little. Get a fresh haircut, pull out your finest threads and have them professionally cleaned (or Mom cleaned), and then clean up your social media presence. In a recent study done by Jobvite, 93 percent of managers in charge of making new hires admitted to looking up a candidate’s social media accounts before making a final decision.
Social media has become such a widespread part of our current culture, and more often than not, the long-term consequences of making your private life public aren’t taken into account. The fact is that once it’s out, it’s usually out there somewhere forever. However, there is still a chance to do some “cleaning” before the hiring managers see it all on your profile.
There are a few subjects that get stronger reactions from hiring managers. Consider deleting or fixing any posts that fall into any of the following categories:
- Pablo Escobar – 83 percent of managers say that images or posts regarding the candidate’s illegal drug use was an immediate deal breaker. Put the Mary Jane away.
- Too Sexy for Your Shirt – Around 70 percent said that overly sexual posts and pictures was another possible reason for dismissal. There were a couple managers (less than 1 percent) that said they were fans of sexual posts… do with that what you will.
- Potty-Mouth – 66 percent of managers say using a lot of profanity is a turn off. Consider words and phrases like “heavens to Betsy”, “dagnabit”, or “golly gee willikers” as replacements in the future.
- Drink, Drank, Drunk – Almost half of hiring managers polled stated a distaste for excessive posts and pictures of candidates drinking, talking about drinking, looking forward to drinking, pre-gaming, present-gaming, post-gaming. Take a minute to appreciate H2O.
- The Cowboy – Half of those hiring managers also say that a bunch of photos and posts of you with your AR-15 can be disconcerting. Limit your posts about firearms to avoid frightening any Democrats.
- The Politician – Don’t do what I just did above. Try to keep politically charged outbursts to yourself. About 15 percent of hiring managers see them as negatives.
Atkerson Law Firm – Dallas employment lawyer