Resume Pro Tip #17 (clean up your social media)
Once your resume passes the ATS Software and is selected by a hiring manager as qualified and moving on in the process, one of the first things a smart company will do is Google your name. Most likely, one of your social media accounts will come up - Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Your social accounts will fit into one of two categories either professional or personal. LinkedIn and Twitter are most likely professional while Facebook, Snapchat, and TikTok will be social and keeping these types of accounts separate is important. Your LinkedIn should be very similar to your resume but can also have endorsements and recommendations. Having your LinkedIn mirror your resume is extremely important. Deviations in dates or jobs will look very suspicious. Companies can attain tons of information about a candidate that the candidate themselves posted, so it's important to be cautious in your posts to ensure the best online representation of yourself. We once had a candidate that worked for me as a Contractor/Staff Accountant. We hadn’t Googled her prior to her beginning an assignment (she was an Accountant) but after she began not showing up to work on Mondays. We Googled her name and the first thing that came up were her Facebook pictures which seemed like she may have been sponsored by a dispensary - I’ve never seen so many different bongs used by one person. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t show it to your mother or grandmother, it should not be on your social media.