This Is How Facebook Is Stopping You Getting Your Dream Job

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Before you add any pics of last night’s drunken antics to Facebook you should probably know that a third of companies have turned people down for jobs after checking their social media accounts.  

According to The Sun over half of HR professionals said that how a potential candidate’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinedIn accounts look can affect their chances of getting a job.

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Some went even further than that and a third admitted to not passing candidates on to the interview stage because of posts and pics they’d put online, The Sun reports.

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The Internet’s a two-way street though and according to one survey 28 per cent of applicants also admit that what they read about a company online has an influence on their opinion to apply for a job.

Jobseekers are also very aware about the impact that a ‘bad looking’ social media account can have on their job prospects and over half of men and women are conscious to keep their online presence looking professional.

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Andy Summer, the Managing Dirctor of job site Monster.co.uk’s said:

More and more employees and employers are looking for a good cultural fit, so often a Google search will tell a recruiter more than a CV can.

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Candidates should think about what they use each channel for – whether personal or professional – to build a profile for themselves.

The same applies to employers. The external employer brand of a business is really significant when attracting talent – so recruiters should think of the image they are projecting as an organisation.

Many focus on the potential negatives of social media when it comes to job applications.

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While it’s important to manage your profile and think about privacy settings, social media can also be a really powerful tool to build a personal brand and make a candidate really attractive to an employer.

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Facebook can affect more than just your professional life though, it’s also a contributing factor in divorce as people feel the stress of competing with their friends’ lives on social media.

Remember guy’s everyone’s Facebook wall is a highlights reel of their life, no one puts on their wall when they fell asleep eating a whole chocolate orange and it melted…


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