An online article by ‘School of Reputation’ revealed, “90% of employers are relying on social media to evaluate job candidates.” According to their source, John Millen of Reputation Group, “Students are ruining their online reputations with inappropriate comments, photos and videos.” Teenagers, school leavers, university students, and graduates must be aware that first impressions are now formed online, and online behaviour is impacting career opportunities.
Millen recommends that students and graduates should “clean up” and “protect” their online identities, due to the high volume of social media checks being completed, reminding them that their “reputations and job prospects are on- the- line”.
Millen reinforces that first impressions are made online, what is said online stays online forever, and privacy settings should be tightened. He suggests methods of control, such as taking an online inventory, cleaning up the past, i.e. comments and images that you still have access to, culling frenemies and claiming your name through the purchase of URL’s and on social media platforms. You should also create a strong Linked in profile, that shows you as a well-rounded person, and treat other's as you want to be treated.
Social Check™ completely agrees with Mr. Millen's suggestions, more so, we highly suggest that students and graduates request a Social Check to discover the digital dirt they may have forgotten about, or might not know they have.
Be Confident, Be Prudent, Be Informed, Be Assured.
The Social Check Team