Your Online Identity Is a Modern-Day Resume — Here’s Why
When you go in to apply for a job, it’s considered general policy to create a resume and bring it with you. A resume stating past information relevant to the job you’re applying for is incredibly important to a hiring manager, so important that people often fine-tune their resumes over and over again to perfect them. But with the rise of the internet, your paper resume is no longer the only thing that matters. People spend so much time on the internet that it’s likely you’ve left a publicly-available trail of information about yourself. Anyone hiring you for an important position is going to be interested in that information. Here are some of the most important reasons a manager might look at your online identity.
All a potential employer has to do is type your name into a search engine, and they can find your social media pages. It will be especially easy to find you on the internet if you use LinkedIn or Facebook, where you generally use your real name. Employers won’t have to jump through any hoops or even spend very much time looking into who you are. Instead, will take five or ten minutes of research, and they’ll get a much fuller picture of who you are.
It provides them with information about how you interact with others
If they can find your profiles on Facebook, YouTube, or other social media sites where you frequently interact with other people, it will give them a sense of the kind of person you are around people. This is especially important because people are frequently much more willing to be cruel to others online because it’s less likely that they’ll suffer any substantial consequences from their actions. It’s also telling because nearly anyone can put on a good face for a few minutes at a job interview or when they’re dropping their resume off. There is an endless supply of advice to help you put together that perfect face.
But online, people are much more likely to be themselves. If your general presence on the internet is one that’s helpful and kind to the friends on your Facebook page, it’s going to look substantially better than if you’re constantly picking fights and making threats against other people. Your employer needs to be able to trust you, not wonder whether you’re going to make a scene.
Most people don’t think about the possibility of their employer looking them up
If you’re thinking about how your internet presence can affect your offline life, you’ll be much more thoughtful about what you say and how you say it. But because it’s a fairly new practice for employers to look up interviewees, many people don’t consider that prospect. They unwittingly say things that could hurt their job prospects, or even get them fired from a current job! If you have a habit of saying things without thinking about them online, it’s important to remember that those things can affect your offline life now. If you have any social media accounts tied to your real name, it’s easy for an employer to find you. And yes, it’s easy for them to decide not to hire you because you’re irresponsible or negative online.
It’s becoming extremely common for employers to look up potential employees online before they decide to hire them. So what can you do to make sure your social media resume doesn’t hurt your chances of getting hired? First of all, it’s a good idea to change the way you interact with others. By interacting with others in a more positive, encouraging way, you’ll make potential employers more interested in hiring you. You can also switch your social media accounts to being private. For example, you can make the things you post on your Facebook account only visible to friends.
Another thing you can do is use PeopleFinders to keep an eye on the details people can find about you. It’s a good idea to do a background check on yourself every once in a while, and the people search feature can turn up email addresses connected to certain aspects of your social media presence. Don’t get blindsided by the fact that an employer found your information online. Use PeopleFinders, and you’ll know what they can get ahold of!
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