Dress it up or Take it Down: IT Job Search & Your Social Media
By Michal Gawronski
Do you wonder if your social media makes an impact while searching for a job? Yes, according to itContracting IT recruiter, Michal Gawronski.
Just like when you look up information about your potential employer, Technology Recruitment Specialist Michal says employers also actively look for information about their current or future employees on social media.
“One should be aware that responsible creation of your online image can increase your value on the job market,” says Michal.
“And it is worth using this opportunity and the power of online exposure. But you must also know that through the content published on social media, you can not only get a job but also you can lose it.
“Some people think that they only should update their profiles on social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Stack Overflow etc.) when they are looking for new job. Wrong! If you don’t like to keep your social media profiles up to date, then you should try to hide it from your potential future employees.”
The alternative is to make it look professional and keep it up to date, Michal advises.
“It’s like when you are entering an elevator, you say ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’. Firstly, because you want to show yourself as a cultural person and secondly because you know that you should say it.
“Social media is not all that different, especially LinkedIn, Indeed, Xing etc. You should present yourself in the best possible way. Whether you like it or not, head-hunters, hiring managers, and IT recruiters like myself are looking at your profile. And we see a lot of profiles so it’s quite easy for us just to move onto the next one.”
So, how extensively do IT recruiters look at potential candidates’ social media platforms?
“It’s not an in-depth search, it is more about confirming information. I happen to compare the data contained in the CV, with data found online, to confirm the integrity of the candidate.”
Michal adds that there are also other online activities that can help your IT job search.
“It is also worth taking care of active participation in discussion groups or thematic forums. Such activity may generate some extra points in the recruitment process,” says Michal.
“It is worth using the potential of these tools, treating them as a business card and as a source of beneficial information about you.”
And if you don’t want to do either – just adjust your privacy settings.
“Do not harm yourself, at least limit access to your profiles to strangers, ensuring proper privacy settings. Remember that Facebook is not your private diary but a source of knowledge for many observers, critics, and information seekers.
“On social networks, you can check the candidate’s interests, the groups he belongs to, what he likes, in what style he or she conducts a discussion with other users – for an effective recruitment process, it can be strategic information.”
So, you’ve followed Michal’s advice to a tee, and you land your dream IT role? What next?
‘Ah, it’s fine. I have my job now, so I don’t have to care about my social media.’
This thinking is a mistake, says Michal.
“Your employer, just like any other person, can also look at your social media profile and check how you present yourself to the public. It can also be a deciding factor when deciding about promoting you, giving you some extra tasks, and grabbing that annual bonus.
“So, my best advice to you on this topic is, look good! Otherwise, hide or delete yourself on social media!”
Looking for more advice on your IT job search? Contact the itContracting team today.