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Keep It Clean: Social Media Screenings Gain in Popularity

Keep It Clean: Social Media Screenings Gain in Popularity

Looking for your next job? Make sure your social media profiles are safe for work, because employers are screening candidates' presence online.

  • Keeping your personal social media profiles professional and appropriate is an incredibly important part of your job search (and retaining your job once you've gotten one).
  • Over three-quarters of hiring professionals believe that checking a candidate's or employee's social media profile is an acceptable way to vet them.
  • There are many ways to make sure that your social media is appropriate for the workplace, starting with avoiding anything violent, profane, explicit or illegal.
  • This article is for job seekers who want to make sure that their social media profiles enhance their job search rather than hurt it.

Your personal social media profiles have the potential for serious repercussions in your professional life. In a 2020 survey by The Harris Poll, 70% of the employers who responded said they believe every company should screen candidates' social media profiles during the hiring process. Moreover, 78% of employers believe that current employees should maintain a work-appropriate social media profile.

“Because we tend to view our personal social media accounts as being ‘personal,' there's a good chance that by viewing someone's profile, you'll get a glimpse into their personality beyond the resume,” said DeeAnn Sims-Knight, founder of Dark Horse PR. [Related content: How to Create oasis active mobile site a Great Resume]

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