Do you often spend Friday afternoon boasting about the drink and drug banquet that awaits you at home, or Sunday mornings posting hangover jokes? If you do and you’re unemployed, you might what to keep your escapades to yourself that is unless you’re applying for a job as a guitarist in a rock band of course.
It’s quite a substantial issues too, with more than four in 10 resumes being rejected after the applicant’s Facebook was checked.
-One in 10 were rejected for boasting about drinking and drugs online
-13% were rejected for making racist comments
– 9% were overlooked for uploading naughty photos on their Facebook page.
-38% of were rejected for boosting up their qualifications on their resume and then getting caught out on Facebook.
President of careerbuilder.co.uk Farhan Yasin has dished out some advice on how to avoid being knocked back. “Clean up digital dirt before you begin your job search. Remove any photos content, and links that can work against your in an employers’ eyes and be selective about who you accept as friends. Monitor comments made by others and consider using the block comments feature or set your profile to private so only designated friends can view it,” he said.
Not only can you avoid Facebook working against you, you can also use it to enhance your employability. “Consider creating your own professional group on sites like Facebook to establish relationships with business leaders, recruiters and potential referrals,” advised Yasin.