You may or may not have seen recent press coverage on EU Data Protection that in the future, employers may not be able to snoop on their employee's social media profiles unless there is a legal reason to do so.
If you aren't aware of this, here's a link to a short article explaining it.
Why it's important to clean up your social media profiles
Unless you have been on the planet Zog for the past 15 or so years, you will have heard of social media and no doubt, you use at least one platform.
That's great for your personal life but professionally, a less than squeaky clean profile can have a detrimental effect on your work-life.
Employers WILL snoop
Employers, recruiters, hiring managers and HR personnel are VERY likely to check out your social media profiles to see what you are really like. You may or may not agree with this but it does happen. A LOT!
I know of several candidates who have had offers rescinded due to information detailed on their social media profiles. Don't take the risk.
If the EU ruling comes into effect, don't let that fool you into a false sense of security. You may unwittingly ‘pop up' on an employer's time line or news feed because you happen to be connected with someone they also know.
Six degrees of separation
Read this article here if you are not familiar with 6 degrees of separation.
Keep that in mind. You know someone, who knows someone else, who is a relative of someone who is in some way connected with the employer. It happens!
Do a search for yourself on Google and see what comes up. Is there anything that may suggest you are a party animal, have strong political or religious views, or use language that makes Gordon Ramsey seem like a saint? If so, you need to clean up your social media profile, NOW!
Make sure you check the images tab too. Are there any photos of you looking worse for wear? Are you in any compromising positions? Yikes!
If there's anything that you wish to be removed, you can apply to Google to delete the offending item, particularly if it was due to you being daft and stupid in your younger years.
While you are waiting, hop on over to your social media platforms and start to clean up your social media profiles.
Change your settings
Change your privacy settings to ‘only friends' if you need to hide information and clean up your social media profile. This will cover you to a point but not completely. Remember, anything that is in the public domain is PUBLIC and can be shared or copied, so be careful.
Think before you post
Moving forwards, think before you post. Most of us did stupid things when we were younger or have horrific photos somewhere online. Not ideal but understandable, so start now by thinking before you post so that your recent postings on your social media profiles are not going to prevent employment or career progression.
What are you waiting for?
Do it now!
Have you ever been turned down for a job or promotion due to your social media profiles? Have you taken the decision to clean up your social media profile? Let me know in the comments box below.