Social media - don't get hung up on it

9 Oct 2018 8:43 PMJen Fitzgerald
Social media - don't get hung up on it

In 2018 potential aged care employers rely on social media even more as part of their recruitment process. However, many of us forget that when we are posting or tweeting.

A Pro Insider's guide to Social Media for Nurses” was a DPT blog from waaaaay back in August 2106.

In 2018 potential employers rely on social media even more as part of their recruitment process. However, many of us forget that when we are posting or tweeting. One or two “funny” or ”interesting “ postings could be ok but more than that could be career suicide.

Go back over your posts/tweets/Instagrams and blogs and look at them like a potential employer would. They are a complete stranger – what impression are you giving them?

Here are 8 tips to consider:

 

  1. Privacy = Put your settings on the highest level of privacy i.e. close friends only. Also be careful of your cover pic and profile pic. Nothing stupid there as employers can still see these even if your page is secure. Same for all other platforms.

 

  1. Drug use - Do not admit to or comment on any illegal drug use. Take down any comments your friends might make about last night’s fun. Also be careful what pages you like as these can show up too. Groups as well and of course no photos of any illicit drug use – even for fun.

 

  1. Alcohol – For the same reason as point 2. Alcohol may be more socially acceptable and legal but sloppy comments, obvious drunken posts and photos are not a good look. Employers don't want party people who are out till 4 am. They want people who can show up and shine at 6 am. Employers will make assumptions based on your social media and will give a certain impression about your social life.

 

  1. Swearing – keep it clean. Go back over your past posts and comments and delete your own posts and friends ones too.

 

  1. Photos or videos – same as point 4. They were funny once but a recruiter may not find them funny. Anything sexually explicit or violent is a no-no.

 

  1. Check - Pages you like and groups you are I and people you follow – check them- They represent; who you are, what you value and what you consider important.

 

  1. Clean up your act - Delete any dodgy posts or photos where there are too many references to a big night. Also any racist remarks by you or friends. You will be working with many cultures and religions so you should be aware of this as cultural diversity will come up in an interview and is very important in the health profession workplace.

 

  1. Bad mouthing a past employer or staff member is not a good look

 

You don’t have to cover up everything just tone down or delete anything that is discriminating, illegal or will give you a poor image.