It’s undeniable that social media has become an essential part of 21st century culture.

Traveling? We “Check-In” on Facebook.

Eating exotic food? We “Instagram” it.

Eventful weekend? We “tweet” about it.

Whichever it is, our social media accounts could be seen as a timeline of our lives in the past couple of years- and that is exactly why employers are looking at your profile before placing a job offer. Wether you accept it or not, social media has a great influence on your job search.

If you’re searching for a job, you might want to consider cleaning up your profile!

The three most common places employers 
research you once they have your résumé:
Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

1. Social Tags. Even though you may not be posting anything inappropriate, sometimes friends may tag you in an inappropriate posts you don’t want employers to associate with you. Make sure you update your privacy settings!

2. Research yourself. Take some time and look yourself up on Google. Take a look at what your profile looks like in the eyes of others and make a wise judgement on whether it may be time to clean it up a bit.

3. If you don’t want your social media to be associated with your job search, then you might want to set strict privacy settings or consider temporarily changing your profile name to just your first and middle name.

Just how your profile can hinder your job search, it can also be a great tool to GET the job!

According to a Career Builder survey, 19% of hiring managers say they found something that has caused them to extend a job offer.

  1. Showcase your personality. Use your profile to show that you are well-rounded, creative, and have great communications skills. Not to mention that other people speaking well of you on your wall can be great “references”!
  2. Share more professional content like industry news, your awards and accomplishments and any volunteer work you participate in. You want your digital self to interview as well as you can in real life.