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How Social Media Impacts Your Job Hunt

Updated : February 12th, 2021

When it comes to employment or more specifically finding a job, there are many aspects of your life that you’d need to polish up. This is to ensure that all your positive traits and skills are highlighted by your potential employer. You may have the perfect tie and suit for the interview, a perfectly presented resume, certificates and awards to boost your chances, but one aspect many forget to clean up is social media.

social media impact

A nationwide survey by careerbuilder.com revealed that 39% of employers comb through their candidates’ social media profiles before selecting them. This means that 2 out of 5 of your potential employers determine your employability based out of your social media profiles. Out of 10 employers in a company, 3 of them are solely hired to screen through the social media profiles of their potential candidates.

Now based on this survey many points arise on what one should or shouldn’t do when it comes to having a presentable social media profile. So here are a few things you’re probably doing that is costing you that dream job!

Deleting Your Social Media Profiles

You might think that this is the quickest and easiest fix when it comes to cleaning up your act online. It Isn’t. In fact, this does more harm than good. 50% of employers do not consider candidates who simply are ghosts online. They feel that the candidate is untrustworthy if he’s so scared to be seen in the public eye.

Some organizations do even have access to your supposedly deleted social media profiles, so there’s pretty much nowhere to hide. Also deleting your profile days before applying for a job is perceived as a suspicious activity. Employers have experts who are equipped to still gather information about you even with your profile deleted

Having a social media profile basically is key for employers to get a glimpse of your personality. A persona could be the key to nailing a job or losing a job as well.

Poor Language

This is a no-brainer, but using a lot of profanity and cuss words depict poorly when it comes to your employer. The employer gauges the kind of language as a depiction of your temperament and in some cases your maturity. A candidate who uses a lot of cuss words on social media is usually considered as someone as aggressive, which is not appropriate for a workplace.

Alongside the use of bad language, employers keep a close eye on your grammar. Grammatical errors in your Facebook posts or tweets play a huge role when it comes to employment. This is because you can always have someone make a polished and refined resume and have the most beautifully structured cover letter. Won’t you see that level of flowery language on your Facebook post, do you?

Your social media posts depict your level of literacy and give an insight into how well you can articulate and communicate. So poor grammar is an absolute no when it comes to keeping your social media profiles clean.

Watch Your Content

Potential employers also keep a keen eye on the type of content you post. Provocative, Inappropriate images and text will certainly send you to the bad books of your potential employer.  This is because hiring you would make you an employee as well as a representative of the company to the outside world. Posting negative and controversial content on social media brings the company in a negative light, this is why most employers don’t entertain candidates with such content on their profiles and feed.

Pictures Featuring Drug and Alcohol Abuse

drugs and alcohol abuse pictures

While employers don’t encourage their employees to drink or use drugs, they certainly will not tolerate such vices in a potential candidate. So any imagery, videos or posts related to your drunken revelry or experiments with drugs would be an instant rejection from your potential employer. As you would expect, posting pictures or videos indulging in such vices depicts in your personality and that is something which employers do not expect out their employees.

Announcement of Political Allegiance/Political Posts

Most organizations do not have any political bias or allegiance to any political party. Hence employers also look out for posts that are extremely supportive or negative towards political parties. This is because hiring a candidate who tends to propagate a certain political party would lead to the candidate unintentionally presenting the company he works for to have a political bias.

Sexist/Racist/Religious Comments

Sexist Racist Religious Comments

This should come as a no-brainer to you. Sexual Harassment, Sexist comments, racism, and racial slurs are now shunned upon and are regarded as condemnable offenses. Naturally, employers and hiring organizations would not like to employ a candidate who indulges in spreading hate through racial slurs or makes demeaning statements to women.

Companies also do not hire candidates with sexist and racist ideologies because of how they might behave with their colleagues at the workplace. Sexual harassment cases and arguments over race has cost many companies their reputation and a lot of money in lawsuits and damage control. The same applies to candidates who tend to demean and belittle people belonging to a different religion than theirs.

Talking Ill of Your Past Employer

No one likes it when someone airs dirty laundry. The same goes for your future employer. Your future employers don’t take too kindly if they find posts of a candidate ranting negatively about their previous employer. This makes the candidate look disloyal as well as unreliable. It also presents the candidate as selfish and someone who is unwilling to align with a company’s goals.

It’s apparent that each employee at a company has a unique experience with his employer, and this experience does not represent how a company treats all its employees. So when an ex-employee begins to negatively rant about his/her past workplace, future employers see someone who would try to tarnish their reputation if they were to be hired and fired.

Divulging Company Secrets

Another issue which future employers have with candidates is when they divulge company secrets on to the public. Every company has its own rules, guidelines, and policies. Divulging them in a public space leaves a company vulnerable as well as embarrassed in front of other corporate companies. This also tells the employer that the candidate is unreliable with sensitive information and cannot be trusted.

Faking Online Presence

Even when you have cleaned up your act online, and got the job! It doesn’t end there. More than half of the country’s companies (51%) still use social media to research their current employees. So just because you’ve got the job, doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods and can go back to posting the content you used to post before you got your job. Employers still do check on their employees via social media to fare how they are doing. There have been many cases where activities on social media have led managers to fire their employees because of the content that has been posted.

But one should remember. Employers aren’t looking online at their candidate’s profiles only to find dirt and not offer them a job. Employers also tend to look for qualities and posts that show off the candidate’s skills and its relevance to the job at hand. So while you can cut down on the fluff on your social media profiles, you could practice pushing good organic content and writing posts and comments that compliment your skill set.

When it comes to combing through social media accounts of potential candidates, they aim to look for skills, habits, and behavior that seem appropriate for the type of job requirement and whether it aligns with the workplace. They also look for unique skills that make the candidate more marketable when it comes to getting a job. So it is rather best to explore new skills as they only serve as added perks when looking for a job of your choice.

So when it comes to nailing that job and working towards the American dream, it doesn’t stop with just a perfect cover letter and resume and a fine dress code. Your online persona requires a professional revamp as well. Hopefully, you realized the mistakes you were making above and rectified them and are now ready to be the eager boy scout-like an employee that your future boss expects you to be! Now fine-tune that social media persona and go get ’em, tiger!

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  1. I had trouble getting my proof of self-employment to upload in secure file exchange and finally got it submitted by 12:06 am , 6 minutes late. What are the possibilities that they will deny it? I have received unemployment from March 2020 to some of Jan and some in Feb 2021. Most of Dec, Jan, Feb, March, & april were stopped for this proof of employment.
    Also, I see proof of Income as a 2nd issue but it is always on there. That was not on my TO DO list.
    I feel for u all on ID.ME…

    Anyone trying to reach UI, call their number, press 2 or 3 (questions abt filing a claim?) and then wait thru the message. At the end of it, u will be connected to a live person! I promise.. don’t push another button.. I’ve done it 4 times and it never failed.

    We lost our home, my ex took my child…. (kept her after a visit and called cps facilitating drama while the cops wouldn’t give her back without paperwork locked up in the court house..shut down for covid) I raised her by myself for 12 years & now she is with a violent alcoholic and parental alienating parent .. ….my dog, my 9-year sweet little best friend, was attacked, passing away 3 days later.. all in this time frame.
    But! It will all be ok. I have faith.

    Be grateful for your life and all that is in it today. What u dwell on daily will be your strength or weakness.
    Good luck to all of u.
    And thank you, Jeff, for responding out here. It is appreciated!
    Davulia S.

  2. I filed over two months ago. I have not received any information. My status says “pending resolution”. I have no way of contacting anyone. My position was eliminated at my job and I submitted the documentations online. I dont know what else I can do.

  3. I have been apply Ohio Pua unemployment since July 5th still pending issues. Upload what they ask for when ever I call says your case is in Adjudication. Very very frustrated, financially I am broke. Health issues. Waiting a long period.Don’t know what I will do ?

    1. Nafisa,

      I can understand your situation. There will be a delay considering the number of applications that are being processed. Please continue chasing the office/check your status online at regular intervals until payments normalize.

    2. Same here since Feb 2021 turned in all the documents still pending issues 3 months now. When you call they tell you to be patient. Pulling my hair out it’s so frustrating.

  4. I was receiving PUA unemployment. they made me file for a new claim in February. Now I am in adjudication even though I gave all the same information from my previous claim. Have been adjudication since February and I call and they say they will put in a ticket to have an Adjudicator call me. Nothing. I am wondering If I can go down to to Maryland Unemployment Office and demand that someone talk with me to release my claim for payment. It’s been 56 days. I read that they have a maximum of 45 days.

    1. Luis,

      Your adjudicator may be inundated with pending cases. Please continue to follow up (if you have the contact details) or consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

    2. t sounds just like mine only im disqualified yet actie every till sept 4th . they haven’t asked me for anything! i file then its disqualified yet im told im ok and have nothing to do bit wait for an answer? answer to what? they switched my program and all and asked me to provide proof for a claim that wa denied al eady back in 2018! deny me once and then again perhaps? lol idk

  5. My mom had unemployment in Florida. She just recently moved temporally to California with a sister since she needs assistance, and now the website is telling her she cannot do anything because she is register in another state. Can she keep filing unemployment in Florida, even if she is living and register now in another state? how is the process to change the unemployment? I tried calling and there is no answer. Thank you!

    1. Stephanie,

      Please ask your mother to consider transferring the UI benefits from FL to CA (details will be available on either of the websites). If there are benefits weeks left in the account, she will be able to claim them.

    1. Leatha,

      UI benefits are offered to claimants who lose employment involuntarily and be able to and available for work.

  6. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

  7. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

    1. Nicole,

      Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

  8. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

      1. HI Jeff,
        I applied back in Dec 5th, 2020 and I haven’t received any correspondence, is there a local office that I can make an appt to make certain my claim is right.

        1. Adam,

          You can consider visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible (details will be available on the Unemployment Office’s website).

  9. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

  10. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

        1. Gary,

          You may not be eligible since unemployment insurance is only extended to those who become unemployed due to involuntary reasons.

    1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

  11. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

  12. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

    1. Annette,

      Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

  13. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
    My question is
    Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

    1. Ruby,

      To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  14. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

    1. Maria,
      I have gotten through to the call center (live agent) every time i’ve tried calling within the last 2 weeks. The number to a live agent (follow the prompts carefully) is (667)-207-6520. i have gotten through within 10 to 15 mins with each call i had made!

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