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Want a Job? Make Sure Your Social Profiles Are In Tip-Top Shape

I recently came across a really great infographic from Mashable on how recruiters are using social networking to screen job candidates. Here’s the most important things I think you should know:

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  • 91% of prospective employers look at social profiles before they choose whether or not to hire you.
  • 69% of those surveyed have not given someone a job based on what they saw online.
  • 68% have given someone a job based on what they saw online.

The bottom line is that employers will look at what you’re doing online before they hire you. You better make sure that what you’re posting reflects positively on who you are as an employee.

Here are some tips to help improve your chances of landing your dream job:

  • Don’t bad-mouth an employer. Ever.
    No matter how much you may hate your job, don’t go blabbing all about it on Facebook, Twitter and your blog. 11% of people surveyed for the infographic said they didn’t hire someone because they were negative towards an employer. If someone in HR of the company you’re applying to sees that, then they’ll think that you’ll do the same to their company. They may also think that you’re a diva or hard to please. Don’t ever say anything bad about your current or past employers online. It kind of makes you look like a whiny baby.
  • Keep the partying private.
    Everyone likes to relax and unwind after a long week. If you’re the type of person who likes to party and drink with friends, don’t put it online (or at least change your privacy settings so only certain people can see them). It reflects poorly on you as an employee. Employers don’t want someone coming into work hungover. They also don’t want someone who puts a priority on drinking and partying, because they may assume that it takes precedence over work to you.
  • Be Honest.
    This may sound lame and common sense, but some people may not be consciously aware of it. By be honest, I mean be yourself. Make sure that who you are in person is reflected by your online personality. If you’re lying about your qualifications, an employer can find out. Also, if you’re extremely outgoing online, and timid and shy in person, an employer is going to be confused as they try to figure out who you actually are.
  • Get Creative.
    Stand out from the crowd. Do something different. 36% of employers surveyed said that they hired someone because their social networking profiles showed creativity. If you show creativity online, then a prospective employer will see you as a creative person and problem solver, which are desirable qualities in an employee.

Of course, none of these are absolutes. And, if you aren’t qualified for the position that you applied for, editing your social profiles won’t save you. Just keep in  mind that social networking is a powerful tool. If you use it properly, you could get a great internship or job.