This Is What Recruiters Look For On Your Social Media Accounts

from Fast Company

Recruiters and hiring managers sifting through your social media accounts before giving you a call is nothing new, but their vetting process might be more rigorous–and idiosyncratic–than you think. When it comes to scoping out candidates with an ideal social media presence, here’s what recruiters are actually looking for when they scope you out.


Ariel Lopez, founder and CEO of career platform 2020Shift, says employers tend to look for a 50/50 split between “attitude” and “aptitude” when scanning job seekers’ social accounts.

“Someone that has the skills but someone that I like and want to be around for 40 hours a week” might be more likely to catch recruiters’ attention, says Lopez (who’s a former recruiter herself), than someone who hasn’t quite nailed that personal-branding equilibrium.

It’s tricky balancing professionalism with personality, especially when you use social media to share funny memes and catch up with friends in addition to showcasing your expertise. But Lopez believes there’s a risk to tamping down your personality–which recruiters know matters a lot when it comes to how you’ll fit it on a team. “I think some people forget in your career, it’s not just like a solo thing . . . When a company decides to hire you, they’re fixing a problem. You are filling a void.”

So play to each platform’s strengths. Recruiters don’t want you to treat LinkedIn like Twitter and share your every thought. But don’t treat Twitter like LinkedIn, either! While you’ll want to avoid tweeting anything offensive or crude, Lopez encourages job seekers to be themselves. If you’re showing more attitude on the one social network, just make sure you’re making up the difference in aptitude on the other.


As most job seekers already know, profile pictures that look unprofessional–blurry, badly cropped, or show you in an inappropriate setting–can make recruiters run the other way. For starters, take the time to ask a friend to take a photo of you, rather than just using a selfie from your last vacation.

But Lopez suggests thinking beyond just your avatar. “I encourage professionals to have a style guide for themselves,” she says. “What’s your color? What’s your font? I want to get a sense of how you see yourself as a brand.” She also suggests avoiding self-proclaimed titles that might come off as pretentious or simply mischaracterize what you really do. Instead, be straightforward about your role and try to establish a professional aesthetic across all your social accounts.

This goes for your side projects, too, by the way. If you’re a gastronomy blogger, don’t come up with a “unique” title like “gastro-ninja”–just let your content speak for itself, and allow visitors to recognize on their own what makes it innovative or interesting.

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81 Responses to This Is What Recruiters Look For On Your Social Media Accounts

  1. Steven Merunka March 29, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

    Getting a job is not the same as it was decades ago. The interviews were the driving force to whether you get a job or not. Excluding grades and a resume an interview was one of the few ways a recruiter would realize what kind of person you were and if you fit the culture of the company you are trying to enter. With the right credentials and a positive interview you’re ready to work for the company of your choice, that easy right? Wrong.

    Since the evolution of the internet and social media sites such as Twitter ,Facebook and Instagram youre able to project your life and show millions of people around the globe. Every photo you upload and every tweet you type will be seen by everyone, maybe even the people you don’t want to see them. As the market continues to grow and the competition for the best of the best for a company grows tighter and stricter it’ll take more than an interview to land you a spot. Recruiters will go as far back as the beginning of your social career and look at your profiles. When it comes to social media to scout the type of person you are before the interview even starts. If you’re at a party and happen to post a picture of you and you happen to be underage and there is a bottle of something that appears to be alcohol that will drastically affect your chances of getting a job even if your credential may be better than the person you are competing against because even though you seem better on paper maybe the culture that someone brings isn’t what a company wants to be integrated into their business ideologies.

    However the same applies to good things. If on social media a recruiter sees hard working, volunteering and other positive outlooks on your social site, they will take that into consideration before the interview because they know the type of person you try to be and it’s something that they look forward to in their company. With the increase of technology being used a recruiters will often also post events that they are holding for the company to allow interest candidates to participate in these events to meet and converse with people already in the company and make a name for themselves.

  2. Kayla Washington March 30, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    Over the past decade or so, many will agree that the way we connect with the world have greatly changed due to the explosion of social media. For example, take into consideration the evolution of the employment process. In the past, when people applied to jobs they had to turn in their resume to the employer, and then wait for the employer to set up an in-person interview based on the person’s qualifications or on who can just simply fill-in a job position. However, now the interview screening process begins before a person’s capabilities are known.

    To begin with, there are currently “2.8 billion social media users worldwide” (Willis 1), which means that over a third of the world’s population is using some form of social media to interact with others. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been encouraging people to connect with anybody, “from their best friends to distant relatives, as well as share their personal thoughts, pictures, videos, blogs and links.” And, aside from the youth being primary users of these platforms, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, “70 percent of employers use social media to screen candidates before hiring, which is up significantly from 60 percent in 2016.” Keeping that in mind, if you have any provocative or simply unprofessional postings, you could be losing out on an employment opportunity before you even know it. Based on this, I strongly feel as though this process of recruiting should be very selective on what is taken in for consideration to a position.

    Moving along, our online personas are employers first impression of us and in many cases, it can be hit or miss. Fortunately, professional media sites like Handshake and LinkedIn have become a place where recruiters primarily search for their new employee team member. Personally, using these professional platforms instead of social sites like Facebook, is better ground to find a potential employee. For instance, realistically speaking the way people behave in a corporate setting is very different from a night-club scene. Considering the fact, most employers do not search night-clubs and bars to find their corporate teammate, should be viewed the same way for social/professional media accounts. In other words, different environments call on different behaviors, and the same idea should be applied when screening social/professional sites.

    For that reason, being from a recruiter’s standpoint, I agree with this article that LinkedIn is the best option to find potential employees. On this site, your profile is a detailed resume complemented with a professional picture. Here, is where it is important that you have a strong presentation of yourself. With that, your connections on this platform should be a flattering reflection of who you are. Since recruiters are looking for someone to “fit in” on their team, it is highly recommended that you “look the part” of the job you desire and are associated with people that raise your value. Because nowadays companies want people who can complement their culture, aside from just filling a position. So, if your online persona does not sell that, it can hurt your employment opportunities.

    On the other hand, online personas are not always an accurate reflection of a person and should not be a heavy deciding factor in the hiring process. Like, someone’s profile may appear organized and very social, but in person they are the absolute opposite. It is because of this that employers should not focus solely on how a person’s social/professional account is presented because it does not confirm whether a person can get the job done. Ultimately, the recruiting process should be very selective and not judge a person solely by their online presence.


  3. Ryan Blume March 30, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

    Employers will check applicant’s social media, but the problem is not everyone knows that. Employers care more about this, because they want to know more about who they are hiring. All the other forms that are given only show the business side of the applicant, not normal life. This doesn’t mean people shouldn’t use social media, but they should use it more responsibly. Some ways to do this is to have a genuine profile picture. Recruiters don’t want to see anyone in an inappropriate setting. Another way is to have a professional looking Linkedin page. Anything not business related can go on other social media accounts. “…Lopez suggests creating and linking out to your professional website, where you can show a lot more creativity than what your resume might illustrate” (Fernandez). This is a way to get a “competitive advantage” over another applicant. The Linkedin page can be used as an addition to the resume. Having this can help network connections and can help get a job.

    Today, employer’s social media accounts are part of the application process. An applicant’s business background and interview process may be fine, but the social media aspect could cost people that job. No employer wants to see any inappropriate behavior from the applicant, but posting on social media will allow them to see that. Even if that picture is from a few years ago, before they applied for a job, it shows that anything online can be used against you. It reinforces the fact, that people have to be careful about what they post, because you don’t know who is going to see it, and how people will react to it. Usually, if you have to think about whether it’s a good idea to post something, you probably shouldn’t post it. However, the fact that anyone can see your posts can help you as well. If an employer sees a picture the applicant posted at the company with another employee, it will show that you are interested in the company and that you know someone there. Then, the employer could ask that employee about the time they spent with the applicant and could further their case to be hired. This is how your social media history can be important to affecting people’s careers.

  4. Pasquale V April 5, 2018 at 10:21 am #

    In today’s world getting a job is very competitive. With so many candidates it becomes challenging for employers to pick the right candidate. In earlier years, employers focused on resumes, college grade point averages, and references in order to make a decision who to hire. Businesses, specifically the hiring department, now focus their attention on potential hires social media pages. They do this because running an efficient company goes farther than just picking the smartest person for the job. Companies tend to thrive more when everyone involved is all in for the same goal. Culture plays a huge role in the work setting. By checking social media pages employers have the chance to screen potential hires before they come in to they interview. They want to see first if they will be wasting their time, money, and resources by meeting with that person. They also want to see if you will fit the culture of that company.

    I completely understand the reasons as to why companies look into social medias before meeting with someone for an interview. I feel that it’s only fair that they look us up considering we are on their time once in the interview. I agree that culture plays a huge role in an office setting, so what better way to look into someone’s personality than creeping on their social media. Another thing employers are looking for is inappropriate behavior. They don’t want to hire someone who is reposting racist memes and posting pictures of them hitting a bong back in college. These are deal breakers in terms of getting hired. People really need to start being cautious about what they post on their social medias, because once it is on the internet it is there forever. Some advice I would give people who are trying to get hired is, if you are contemplating on whether or not to post something, chances are don’t its inappropriate. Another piece of advice would be to create a Linkedin page. Linkedin allows employers to see that profile as they are creeping on your social media pages. It will only benefit you if you have a strong Linked in profile

  5. John Whale April 5, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    It is crazy to think that the company that you might end up working for is scoping out your social medias. They do not just check your social media to see if you are a partier or doing bad things. They check your social media to see what type of personality you have. They basically judge you off your pictures, which could go either way. People cant really judge you off pictures because they could be a misinterpretation of you. They look to see if they want to be around you for the whole week. They want that balance of personality and professionalism, while they fill the void.
    People on their social medias, do not have the best picture quality or clothing and thats something that they look at too. They want to see your style but they do not want to see overboard. They want to see professionalism, not your creative quotes or over edited pictures. If your social media checks out to the companies standards then that gives you a nice competitive advantage.
    This means that every follower you have could be a backdoor connection. This also gives you the worker options to see if you like their company or connect with them. In the end, Social media stalking by companies could either be good or bad for you.

  6. Mark W April 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    When trying to land a job in today’s living made it that much harder. Years before social media became trendy you are only required to go on an interview, then the company will want your resume and see how intelligent you are to see if you’re the right person that will fit into their business. If you meet all these requirements, then you will likely land a job. Today, companies do more digging into your social media accounts.

    Companies today can judge you off of your social media to see what kind of person you are. By a company doing more digging on you they might find something that they don’t like which can lead to them not hiring you. Depending on what you post on your social medias it could be how you are dressed, where you are located, what your holding, or who you are with in the photos. Recruiters can learn more about just by going through your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter accounts. There are social media sites such as LinkedIn which is basically Facebook, but it’s more for business. This just goes to show employees today must be very carful on what they say and post on social media because if you end up saying or doing the wrong thing the company can find out which can lead to you losing your job. Many of people around the world have lost jobs due to social media. However, social media can be a positive as well because this is how most people network today. Networking online is very important some jobs require you to send them your social media and if the company likes what it sees on your accounts you can land the job. As a result, recruiters spying on your social media accounts could either be a positive or negative outcome.

  7. John Martino April 5, 2018 at 5:01 pm #

    Being a Junior at an accredited four-year university, this article peaked my interest because of my impending entry to the job market as of next May. I always knew that recruiters constantly probe and search social media and other various online profiles when it comes to potential future employees. But taking a look at the actual process they use to examine these candidates, we can see it is much more complex and individually based than ever before.

    When it comes to employer’s view of you on social media, it is not just all about professionalism. It is the difficult task of actually balancing professionalism with personality and having that translated through your social media profile to other people. It was an interesting point when this article mentioned that companies are normally hiring candidates to fill a problem or void that the company has incurred. You want your profile to show off each platform strength and to be yourself. If your personality seems to aggressive for the position, it may turn some employers away from you, while other employers might be looking for that in their company for their position. It is important that you know what type of job you want to work and your social media presence online reflects this.

    Profile pictures should always be professional, clear and in appropriate settings. I have always been a big believer in this specific notion. Even something as simple as a friend taking a headshot of you would look better to recruiters than a picture of you last vacation in Aruba. This was something I had never really thought of before to be honest. I was always under the impression that you should be able to recognize the person who you are interacting with online. This is so an individual doesn’t come into contact with people they do not know and run the risk of putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations. There are too may times in today’s society that people make fake profiles with other peoples public images, unknowingly. This can be used for spam, predators trying to get in contact with new victims, stalkers, and other dangerous, unpleasant situations. It has become so frequent in the United States that MTV has created an entire show, Catfish, exposing just a few of the thousands of people running fake accounts. Realize that when you are posting pictures that you are translating your brand to employers. If a company posted offensive pictures online, the public would take the story and run with it, negatively impacting the business in a swift and harsh way. A great example of this was when H&M lost sponsorships, sales, and opportunities in their market because of an advertisement with a racist undertone. A catalog displayed an African American boy wearing a hoodie that said, “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” Their sales plummeted and no one wanted anything to do with the company. The same can be said about employers who want a specific personality for their organization. If employers come across your social media profile and get the wrong first impression of who you are, it is very likely that you will not even get the first call back for an interview or follow up. This is something that all professionals need to be aware of regardless of if you are currently in the workforce or plan on entering the workforce.

  8. Kelly L. June 2, 2018 at 8:04 am #

    Social Media has definitely changed the way we view looking for jobs or receiving our first impression of a potential employee/ employer. Growing up around social media meant parents, teachers, and other other role models would always say “watch what you post because you want to be hired someday”. After taking this advice, I was always careful not to post anything that could deter a job opportunity. However, after reading this article written by Cory Fernandez on Fast Company, I came to the conclusion that I don’t have the equal amount of fun that shows my personality. The article talks about having an equal amount of attitude and aptitude and by looking at mine it’s mostly aptitude.
    The article also gives some insight on what sites employers mainly will check, twitter and linkedin. My twitter is mainly me following my favorite music artists but i am now aware that it can have a little attitude to it and utilize it more. This article also taught me that linkedin is a great opportunity to show your skills and connect with employers. I will be making an account and following some of the hints provided.
    Lastly, I think it is interesting as a person who wants to be a human resource director someday how they are able to sift through and get to know a candidate prior to even meeting them. I also think sometimes it may be deceptive just looking at someone’s twitter account, however the idea of using backdoor references is great. It saves time that can be used for training of employees who will do well and it can benefit those who have already strong company cultures that don’t want to be disturbed.

  9. Rose Hyppolite September 21, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

    Social media platforms are changing the world in many ways within society, specifically through the recruiting and hiring process. Many years ago, employers mainly relied on resumes and interviews to seek the right candidate. However, the process has become a little easier with the help of technology and social media. After reading the article I have become more knowledgeable on this new societal development within the job recruiting field.

    Prior to reading the article, I was aware that social media was used as a tool to recruit candidates. I knew it was important to be careful with the sort of content that is posted on social media. I imagine that they were looking to see whether or not we, as college students can keep a professional demeanor in our everyday lives. For example, a post with alcohol or drugs contents would not be something appealing or appropriate especially if the student is underage. I thought I knew what employers looked for when scoping us out, however the article points out many interesting factors that I never thought about.

    Moreover, the idea of splitting attitude and aptitude really stands out to me. Many individuals have multiple social media platforms. For example, a person that is into photography might have an Instagram page dedicated to his or her work, through the page, employers are able to see what sort of interest he has in photography simply by looking at his pictures. That same person could also have a personal page where his personality may show through. Finally, the person may also have a LinkedIn page. While using multiple social media platforms, the individual has to be able to balance each platform with its own strengths; meaning something that is meant for a personal page should not be on a LinkedIn page. In correspondence, The author, Cory Fernandez makes an interesting points that summarizes the equal parts of attitude and aptitude, he mentions, “ if you’re showing more attitude on the one social network, just make sure you’re making up the difference in aptitude on the other” (Cory Fernandez), which means the employers wants to be able to see both personality and professionalism, in terms of skills and character, in order to determine whether or not an candidate is a good fit for the position.

    Another interesting point I found in an article I read is that, it is important to set a brand, or a “style guide” as the article puts it, to show your personality (Cory Fernandez). I do not necessarily think that it should only be for the sake of recruiters, but it should also be for one’s own benefit. Setting a brand for yourself will aid individuals in discovering who they really are.

    Overall, one’s social media platform can help determine whether they get a job or not. As a junior in college, who is seeking internships I have realized that, one thing that I need to do is to put more effort into my LinkedIn page. As of right now, it is simply a page. I need to start making connections that could help me if an employee is ever looking for “backdoor references” on my page, which the article explains as when an employer uses the candidate connection to get entails on the candidate (Cory Fernandez). I also need to figure out a way of showing a balance with my skill sets and personality.

  10. Nick C September 24, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    When applying for a job, it’s important to consider what you have posted on social media in the past. This is because a lot of employers will look at your social media during the hiring process. When using social media, the user should to learn how to balance what they post on social media and being professional at the same time. One important aspect of this is having a good and professional profile picture. This also gives out the impression that you have a serious and professional aspect to your live. This also applies to the content you post. Instead of posting about parties, you could post about business events or professional events that you went to.
    Another important network is your LinkedIn. As the author alludes to, your LinkedIn should not be like Twitter or Instagram, it should be professional and where you can show off your skills and creativity. I agree with this because LinkedIn is meant to be for connecting with other people and is used for employers to get a sense of what your professional career is. With this, employers will use backdoor references when looking for new employees. Backdoor references are people who you are friends with on social media that the company may contact to acquire information about you. The solution to this is to get rid of people that may talk bad about you. Overall, social media is something that employers take into consideration and the user should be aware of what they post because it could end up hurting them in the long run when applying for a job.

  11. Hadeel September 28, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    Social media is used as a way for individuals to share their experiences and express themselves. With the growing popularity of social media and online profiles, it is not surprising that job recruiters have jumped on the bandwagon. Social media profiles can serve many purposes, whether it be to express opinions, seek information, interact with others, or anything of the sort (OnePoll). Employers know that an individual’s social media accounts can tell a lot about that person, which is why it is important to “balance professionalism with personality” (Fernandez). This is especially true because job recruiters are not hiring potential employees only based on the cookie-cutter version of themselves that appears on their resumes. Job recruiters want to see what their potential employees are passionate about and who they are as a person.

    Current job seekers living in the social media generation can especially relate to this concept. Millennials are all over social media, and as they progress in their academic and professional careers, they are recognizing the importance of their brand status on social media. The awareness to stray away from posting questionable content is key to ensuring a positive social media standing. Given how repetitive and vague a simple resume can be in identifying one’s true personality and attitudes, when it comes down to the final candidates, job recruiters often resort to social media to gain more perspective and make the final decision (Ehlers). With that being said, it is important for job seekers to pay more attention to how they portray themselves on social media. One’s social media profiles should not resemble a boring resume; job seekers want to find out more about personality and attitude. For example, it is important to distinguish between Twitter and LinkedIn, while simultaneously being mindful not to overshare or post anything out of line (Fernandez). It is important to keep a LinkedIn profile professional, while incorporating a sense of personality and attitude on a Twitter and Instagram profile in a classy and natural way.

    One major issue that college students typically struggle with is taking a professional profile picture for social media accounts (Fernandez). A profile picture is one of the first thing job recruiters will see when they browse through social media profiles, so it is essential to give them a positive first impression. A professional headshot is one of the best options when it comes to an appropriate profile picture, especially on LinkedIn. The article goes even further to mention how “font” and “color” helps job recruiters get a sense of who an individual is as a person. The main takeaway from this article is for job seekers to recognize the role social media and online branding play in the hiring process. It is something for all millennials to keep in mind and try to incorporate moving forward in their social media efforts.

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  12. Hadeel September 28, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    Social media is used as a way for individuals to share their experiences and express themselves. With the growing popularity of social media and online profiles, it is not surprising that job recruiters have jumped on the bandwagon. Social media profiles can serve many purposes, whether it be to express opinions, seek information, interact with others, or anything of the sort (OnePoll). Employers know that an individual’s social media accounts can tell a lot about that person, which is why it is important to “balance professionalism with personality” (Fernandez). This is especially true because job recruiters are not hiring potential employees only based on the cookie-cutter version of themselves that appears on their resumes. Job recruiters want to see what their potential employees are passionate about and who they are as a person.

    Current job seekers living in the social media generation can especially relate to this concept. Millennials are all over social media, and as they progress in their academic and professional careers, they are recognizing the importance of their brand status on social media. The awareness to stray away from posting questionable content is key to ensuring a positive social media standing. Given how repetitive and vague a simple resume can be in identifying one’s true personality and attitudes, when it comes down to the final candidates, job recruiters often resort to social media to gain more perspective and make the final decision (Ehlers). With that being said, it is important for job seekers to pay more attention to how they portray themselves on social media. One’s social media profiles should not resemble a boring resume; job seekers want to find out more about personality and attitude. For example, it is important to distinguish between Twitter and LinkedIn, while simultaneously being mindful not to overshare or post anything out of line (Fernandez). It is important to keep a LinkedIn profile professional, while incorporating a sense of personality and attitude on a Twitter and Instagram profile in a classy and natural way.

    One major issue that college students typically struggle with is taking a professional profile picture for social media accounts (Fernandez). A profile picture is one of the first thing job recruiters will see when they browse through social media profiles, so it is essential to give them a positive first impression. A professional headshot is one of the best options when it comes to an appropriate profile picture, especially on LinkedIn. The article goes even further to mention how “font” and “color” helps job recruiters get a sense of who an individual is as a person. The main takeaway from this article is for job seekers to recognize the role social media and online branding play in the hiring process. It is something for all millennials to keep in mind and try to incorporate moving forward in their social media efforts.

  13. Aaron R. September 28, 2018 at 9:53 pm #

    Overtime myself, as well as many other students, have heard various speeches on the importance of what we do online. Though I do feel that people, especially in the younger generations, truly understand or accept the significance of what they post or share on the internet can have on their career. The recruiting process is one of the many business practices that have been revolutionized by the internet. As a result, recruiters have access to all of the information all the time in any part of the world and we need to place great importance on the quality of what we post online. The article begins by expressing that for recruiting not only do you need to be aware of what you are saying but also how you are saying it and the tone you are portraying because employees are rigorously monitoring social media profiles for potential candidates. This is something that, even after the extensive speeches I have received on the subject, I have never consider. Through reflection of what I post on my social media accounts and what others have shared, I can now see that even if nothing we say contains hate or profanity our accounts still provide very detailed reflections of our beliefs and personalities.
    It is ok and even beneficial to express who you are online, but it is critical that you are aware of how others will perceive your thoughts and expressions. For professional social media such as LinkedIn, I very much agree with the point that you are a brand and that you need to paint the right picture of yourself for employers. Individuals need to understand that all of their social media are extensions of themselves as opposed just to platforms for them to air out their miscellaneous thoughts. Everything you share or post will contribute to the overall image of your brand, whether it be good or bad. Employers and recruiters do not always have the means to meet with you face to face and will often base their decision of whether to move forward with you of these sites. You need to be able to express yourself and showcase your unique skill set, but honestly and professionally.
    The final point that I want to comment on is backdoor references. I do agree with this idea of filtering whom you add on social media to a certain extent. I do not believe though that the only people you interact with need to be those that can directly add or contribute to your professional standing. These individuals do however need to be people whom you feel are healthy acquaintances to you and your brand. Again, every aspect of your social media profile is a representation to yourself so it is essential you understand the impact of whom you are adding and interacting with on social media.

  14. KConrad September 28, 2018 at 10:56 pm #

    Sometimes people forget that social media can be used as a good representation in a job interview. So often we attempt to keep so much private in that we do not think about the parts of social media which are not private. Those areas should be carefully looked at especially when going through a job interview process. This article touches on many of those areas. There is mention here of balancing professionalism with personality. That is an aspect of social media that can convey so much through that vehicle which may not be as easily shown in an interview. This is very important when considering the kind of job one may be interviewing for. If you are going for a job that requires teamwork then why not use your social media account as a place to display that strength. On the other side of that though, this point may do the reverse for someone who is not outgoing but also needs to consider what their social media says in regards to that personal characteristic.

    This article gives many tips regarding other aspects of social media that should not be overlooked. It tells its readers how to use social media platforms such as Twitter and Linked In. We are advised to ensure there’s balance between our various social media outlets. If we are feisty on Instagram, balance it out with smarts on Facebook. It is also suggested to clean up your social media in the event that your friends are used as “backdoor references”.

    At the end of reading this article, it becomes clear that social media is a very important and highly influential representation of you as a candidate. It’s not enough to just be sure that you come off as a decent person but it’s equally important to be sure that you consider the benefits that social media can provide to you in this area and use them!

  15. Erica L. October 1, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    In today’s world, technology plays a huge role in all of our lives. We are consumed in technology whether we want to believe it or not. This means that we have to watch every move we make at all times. With technology always advancing, there are more and more social media platforms and more software’s that are imbedded into smart phones and other technological devices that we use on a daily basis. Social media is a huge platform where we are able to express ourselves in various ways. While this could be used as a good tool, it is often used in wrong way which sometimes gets people in trouble in the long run. I know if I were a recruiter I would want an applicant who has a good and clean reputation on social media.

    After college, the majority of us all have the same goal, and that’s to find a job. We are taught at a very young age that whatever you post on social media stays out there forever. This is key to remember because it can affect you down the line when you are applying for jobs. Not only what you post is important, but how you say things is just as important. There are many times were people post things that are intended to mean one thing but someone else interprets it in the complete opposite way. It is so important to think before you post so you don’t look bad and no one is offended. I believe that another thing that is important to do on social media is to surround yourself with good people. I think that this isn’t something that most people think about when it comes to your personal reputation on social media. It says a number of things to a recruiter of who you are depending on what your friends post and what you comment on their posts. If you have friends that are posting inappropriate things and you respond inappropriately, it will tell that recruiter a lot about your character. I believe your social media account could be a deciding factor on if you are the applicant who gets the interview.

  16. Tyler Miller October 3, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    Social media is a great invention in the current technology advanced age that the United States along with other parts of the world are experiencing. In my mind, social media is the best resource for building, making or reigniting relationships with new people or with friends and family who don’t live in neighboring areas. Another positive effect of social media is the use of spreading news and information whether it be a newborn baby of a cousin in California or the announcement of an uncles’ wedding who lives in Texas.
    With respect to how social media can be utilized, businesses have used it to promote and advertise not only their company but also their products. This is one of main ways to inform people that a certain company is open to taking applications for employment. The people that do apply for jobs are subject to customary processes such as background checks and google searches. Now with social media being available for almost ten years now companies use it to further vet out potential employees to see what kind of person the applicants are in unprofessional settings. The people of the company who are actively trying to find applicants are called recruiters, these people tend to look for a profile with a good sense of personal branding. Mainly, they look for people who have a good mix of professionalism and character which shows they know how to combine the two to be successful. In my view, it is a beneficial tool for companies to use to look into potential employees but I do not think that it should be a deciding factor in whether said person is able to get the job or not. This is due to the fact that social media profiles create pre-determined opinions of individuals before the recruiter to able to meet the person for who they are. Sometimes a person is not the same one who they appear to be through their profile and should be given an equal chance regardless of their social media profiles.

  17. Britania B October 4, 2018 at 1:27 pm #

    Social media comes with great responsibility it shows a recruiter the type of person you are. Social media can potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career. Such as saying, that you are supposed to be somewhere and is being irresponsible doing something else. A recruiter could see that and automatically say you are not a good fit for their company. Employers want employees who are in control of their behaviors, thoughts, and who do not stir conflict.
    Social media is a way a person could market themselves it is their brand. Such as the way how their LinkedIn profile is set up, and any post or comments they put up. Having a LinkedIn is the best type of social media for a person to be able to connect with many other companies. By having, that connection recruiters are able to see that the person has been putting in some work by communicating with many other people besides them. Everything that we put out on social media will always be there even if we deleted it. So be careful because everyone is watching.

  18. KENT FLORES October 4, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    After reading the article “This Is What Recruiters Look For On Your Social Media Accounts” by Fast Company, I came to a realization that an interview with an employer, does not end as soon as you leave his or her office; the interview ends after the employer reviews your credentials, goes over the interview, and does a thorough search of your social life through the pictures and videos that you post on your social media accounts. I am glad that I treat my social media accounts with care. I make sure that what I post will not offend someone or a group of people, and that my photo or video does not contain images of me doing an activity that would be considered detrimental to a future employer. I also try to steer away from events that my friends go to, in which, there may be alcohol, drugs, violence, and protests. I do this, because if one of my friends takes a picture of me and posts it, a future employer could come across the picture and decide not to hire me. I have had older friends in the past who could never seem to land a job. They would always say that the interview went great, and that they had no idea why they did not get the job. I had a different idea, I saw their social media accounts and it featured drinking, offensive comments, and material that was just not appropriate at all. Their interviewer most likely searched them up and noticed their content and deduced that they were not fit to be employed at their company. Even though I keep my account very professional, I try to make sure that I insert a few pictures with friends at charity events or at the park enjoying a barbeque. I purely business social media will not show my interviewer my personality and this actually reduces my chances of employment. The reason for this is that the interview might search up another potential employee and notice, through their social media, that their personality matches that of the company’s. I would have lost the interview, just because I did not show who I truly was in my social life. It is extremely important to keep a balance in both your social and business life. It is even more important to make sure that you understand that everything you do can easily be searched up by a future employer and can cost you various opportunities.

  19. Aaliyah W October 5, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

    The number one reason students go to college is to receive a job right after graduation, but it is not easy. Employers have plenty of candidates to choose from to have work for them and it’s a challenge deciding on who to pick. Everyone might sound just about the same on the resume, but there is one specific thing employers result to now in order to distinguish who is right for the company and who is not. When searching for their next employee, employers look at different aspects and one major thing they do is check out your social media accounts. Our very social media accounts that express who we are, our personality, and our social life, employers have access to all of that. You might not think about it when you post an Instagram pic or snapchat video of you partying every night or drinking, but it could affect your future and the way employers view you. To me, this is a scary thought. Whether you get a call or not from a future employer all depends on your social media accounts, accounts that you post on every day without thinking.

    Based off there are certain things recruiters are looking for when they are on your social media accounts. The one that stood out to me was potential “backdoor references”. I understand that networking and landing a position has to do with who you know and not what you know, but I did not know employers look for those references on your social media accounts. Now us students must worry about individuals that we follow or communicate with on these accounts. Backdoor references are different because, when applying for jobs we usually provide the contact information of those who can vouch for us, but instead employers are looking for those individuals who we are probably not as close to but have seen our work ethic. For example, old coworkers, as well as people you went to school with, etc. This makes me understand that everything I do is being watched and evaluated even if it is not by a future employer. Individuals who you do not communicate with every day could affect the outcome of whether you get the job or not based on what they say about you. It makes me want to be more aware of myself as a person and keep a close eye on my actions and the way I respond to conflicts/ certain situations.

  20. Jonathan Rodrigues October 5, 2018 at 8:07 pm #

    Everything we post on the internet stays there forever. In rare cases, this is a good thing. But 9/10 times, it’s something foolish and immature that we wish we could have taken back. With today’s competitive job market, your social media can be the make it or break it factor to wether or not you get that prestigious job or internship.
    From what reports, certain factors appeal to the eye of a recruiter when vetting through social media. What I found particularly interesting was what they consider as a very important part to our profile; the profile picture. Profile pictures are typically overlooked. At the same time, I can see why they’re so important. Essentially, a profile picture is your first impression. With every new encounter, you are evaluated and yet another person’s impression of you is formed. These first impressions can be nearly impossible to reverse or undo, and they often set the tone for the relationship that follows. So, it’s essential that you know how to create a great first impression and you can start by posting a professional photo as your profile picture.

  21. Gabby O October 8, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

    This article especially peaked my interest because I am currently in the process of completing a research project related to this topic. In today’s world, it should come as no surprise that employers are searching every aspect of a prospective employee’s social media profile during the hiring process. While this continues to be a controversial topic among some people regarding the right to privacy, there is no indication that this hiring procedure will go away anytime soon. Instead of resisting the idea that employer’s will search through personal social media, potential job candidates should instead use their profiles to their own advantage, by following tips such as the ones presented in this article.

    According to a CareerBuilder survey conducted in June of 2017 70% of employers are looking through job applicant’s social media during the hiring process ( This statistic helps to validate the importance of leveraging your social media, as discussed in this article. One tip mentioned that stood out to me is that recruiters look for “Equal parts attitude and aptitude.” There has been a recent shift from judging candidates solely on their skills and resume, to also considering their personality and how that candidate will fit within the company’s culture. There are generally many applicants for any particular job opening, and most of them probably have the necessary skills to get the job done. However, employers are now also considering the fact that nothing is just a solo effort – employees need to work together – which is why a candidate’s personality becomes a huge part of their overall evaluation. This shift can also be seen in the college selection process. Several colleges and universities are now switching to “SAT optional” status, or in other words, making certain standardized test scores optional on college applications ( Although standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT continue to influence acceptance decisions, it is slowing becoming just one factor in the process. Similar to employer’s during the hiring process, colleges and universities are realizing that there is more to candidates than their aptitude – their attitude (Ex. personality, co-curricular activities, etc.) is just as important.

    Another aspect of this article that I enjoyed was the tip: “A clean LinkedIn, and a creative personal site.” I agree with one of the comments above, which stated that “It is ok and even beneficial to express who you are online, but it is critical that you are aware of how others will perceive your thoughts and expressions,” (Aaron R.). It is also important to understand the purposes of different social media. Since LinkedIn is focused around a more professional setting, there is where people should act and appear professional. Other more creative social media platforms, like Twitter or Instagram, is where users can express themselves in a flattering, appropriate way. Using these different types of platforms with their intended purposes in mind will give recruiters as well-rounded idea of what type of worker and person you are.

    I continue to search for articles about this topic and encourage others to listen to and actively use these tips. Social media can make or break a hiring decision in today’s job market, making it a valuable skill to understand how to use these platforms to your advantage while job searching.

  22. Selena October 30, 2018 at 10:18 pm #

    This is something we have been told since elementary school: “everything you post online is public and permanent.” This gave children some discretion, but we all know not everyone follows this rule. Once we go to high school, our teachers would tell us that college recruiters check our social media pages. We got another warning but, again, not everyone adopted these guidelines for posting on social media. Teenagers in high school are more focused on looking “cool” online to their classmates by posting on social media items that may be considered too inappropriate for their futures. Public and permanent. These decisions young people make may have harmful repercussions for their prospective careers.
    Once we have matured (or starting to mature) in college, our career planning classes teach us to be cautious of what we post online because recruiters look at our social media pages. Young adults can delete what they have posted online in the past, but is that enough to bury the secrets of the past? Since we were little we have been taught to post little about ourselves online for our safety and also not to misrepresent ourselves. We trust the internet too much when we are young and focus too much on our current image. The young people’s future selves may be in danger if they are not careful enough.
    Recruiters observe our social media accounts to determine our balance between professionalism and personal-ism. There must be an acceptable equilibrium of how we can act professionally and if people want to be around us 40 hours a week. Recruiters hire people who have both skills and the ability to behave around others. The extreme of professional or personable can alienate the candidate. It is important we post ourselves on the internet how we want others to see us, so that we do not distract who we really are. We cannot be fake but we cannot cross any boundaries. How can we teach children at a young age the chain reaction of what we post on the web? This is an important life lesson that will follow them into their futures.

  23. Rableen Sudan November 9, 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    It’s no surprise that employers look at social media sites before they call the candidate in for an interview. This is mainly because employers receive so many applications in today’s world that they really want to see the applicants personality. I remember speaking to a marketing director, Laura, who was talking about social media sites being her number one tool to learn about the applicant. She said that there were times where she did find pictures of her applicants drinking or acting against the values of the company. That just shows that the pictures millennials and generation Z post online can affect their lives and follow them into the professional world. As Laura said, it is something she does to refine the search for the perfect candidate. Moreover, Laura was not the only individual that had told me of this information. I remember at my previous internship, my manager had told me he was fairly impressed by my LinkedIn profile. He said that was one of the main reasons he had hired me because he could see my personality and responsibility through previous positions I had held.

    In a similar manner, social media sites actually also work the other way around. I always google the individual that will be interviewing me, and if I do not know the individual then the company. Social media is a great tool to grab fast, useful information on the individual or company before a big interview. For example, in my previous internship, I had gotten an email about the details of the interview; which had provided me with the interviewer’s name. The first thing that I did was some research on my interviewer through LinkedIn. I found out where he had worked previously, the degree he had, and how long he has been working for the current company. All this information actually gives you an upper hand during the interview process. Moreover, following that company on social media sites can also help you see what type of changes is the company making; such as innovation, any partnerships, or corporate social responsibility they take part in. Again, this shows the employer that you are interested in not only the position or company but that you took the time to do the research.

    To conclude, social media accounts can either cost a job or give you a competitive advantage and help you get that job. It all comes down to what you have posted and how it could be perceived by others. again, two of my former employers, as well as this article just relayed the same message of being responsible for what social media might say about you; since a picture is worth a thousand words.

  24. Jake Moore February 24, 2019 at 5:37 pm #

    Ten years ago, today we would not have even thought that social media would be as big and potentially dangerous as it is. Social media now controls our lives and we spend countless hours every day on them. Social media has its pros and cons but I think the cons definitely outweigh the pros. I believe it is a good idea for recruiters and hiring managers to go through potential employee’s social media because it does give you a good idea of who the person is. Yes, it may not give you a full picture but definitely something to go off of. But, many people follow accounts or certain things that would turn an employer off immediately, and I don’t think that’s fair. If a company is going to decline you an interview based off your social media I think they need to at least give you a chance to show who you are in person before turning someone down.
    But when a company is hiring you, you represent them, so anything bad you do is linked back to the company and can have serious consequences. Someone’s social media can tell you a lot about their personality and that’s huge. But I think you need to keep some professional look to your social medias, or employers will run. Like stated in the article, “Profile pictures that look unprofessional-blurry, badly cropped, or show you in an inappropriate setting-can make recruiters run the other way”. What I also thought was a great idea was to create a creative personal site to show off some of your previous work and so on. My sister actually has a professional personal site, and it has helped her get many job offers. By putting previous work/project you’ve done on your site, it is easy for your employer to get a good look at your work and see what you are capable of.

  25. Marquis C March 1, 2019 at 10:58 pm #

    In today’s climate it is difficult to find a great job. There’s a good chance you will be in competition with many other people for this job, so the employer will look for something different about the person they decide to hire. After reading that article it seems that “something” is based off our social media. The interesting part is that Ariel Lopez, one of the people being interviewed said, “It is 50/50 split between attitude and aptitude.” In other words they are not only looking at your professionalism, they are looking at your personality on social media too.
    All throughout my teen years, my family would always stress to me the importance about keeping my social media clean. They always told me colleges and future jobs would always be looking to make sure I’m worthy of getting accepted/being offered a job, and this article proves them right. I think I can agree with most of these ways employers search our social media’s. Yes we should showcase our professional side, but we should always showcase our laid back side. The tricky part of this is that how will you know if you’re doing too much, or too little. In summary, keep your social media in check, be yourself, and be careful who you network with.

  26. Ryan March 3, 2019 at 9:45 pm #

    There has always been the argument of whether employers should use social media as a way to gauge the viability of a prospective or even current employee. While professional platforms are the basis of online research for hiring firms, social media allows for a behind the scenes look as what make up the potential hire. As with almost everything in life, balance is key. In the past, strong and lengthy work efforts typically highlighted those likely to get a better job or promotion. However, today is a different world, as many firms look to acknowledge and foster a work life balance among other changes. Finding these like minded workers stems from the additional information collected via social media. As the article states, a balance of aptitude and attitude is key to a pleasant work force. Someone who can shows leadership and responsibility, without being a burden and unpleasant to work with. This balance is what the modern business era is calling for and the one way to connect those inclined to do such is through social media platforms.

  27. Dean Elnagar March 4, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

    While I can understand that recruiters and hiring managers are looking for people that they would enjoy being around and working with, I still don’t think it’s fair for a recruiter to judge someone’s personality solely on what their social media profile looks like. A lot of people on social media nowadays try to be someone that they’re not. So a lot of people can put on an image of themselves that isn’t really the best representation of themselves. Recruiters shouldn’t look at someone’s profile and instantly be able to make a judgement of someone that isn’t completely accurate. As far as recruiting goes, I feel that a resume and an in-person interview should be enough for a recruiter to get a good sense of who that person really is. No need to make unfair judgements of a person based on what you see on the internet. Especially if it is going to kill a person’s chance at acquiring the job completely. I’m not saying that recruiters shouldn’t be able to look up a person’s social media account at all. They should continue to do their research on social media but only to look for any illegal activities that an applicant may be taking part in. If any activities that do not coincide with the companies’ beliefs are present on the page, recruiters would be able to throw that application away. However if this is not the case, there shouldn’t be any other judgement from recruiters so that way it is more fair for applicants.

  28. Daibelis Acevedo April 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm #

    After reading this article, it made it very clear what a “good” social media account should look like. I think a lot of people forget that having a social media account while looking for a job can be tricky because employers look for these accounts and they check to see who you are outside of the work environment. Employers do not want someone who has a crazy life, posting illegal activities, or simply acting in a way that the company does not support. It’s a huge issue especially for people who do not understand this information. I never thought of the clear line between personality and professionalism as the article points out. Employers want to see what kind of a person you are not just the work ethic that you can bring to their business, but what kind of energy will you bring in, and what kind of attitude you can bring. Another idea that I don’t think a lot of people understand is the difference between LinkedIn and Instagram. I like how this article points out the major differences for example what you should and should not post on LinkedIn and Instagram. Personally, I know some people who post things on their social media which are not appealing whatsoever to a company or employer. One of the biggest excuses people use is that “it can just be deleted” or “nobody will see it because my account is private” and honestly these are the worse excuses. It’s crazy that people do not understand the power of the internet and the fact that if an employer wants to find what they want to find, they definitely will. This article is such a good read and I am so thankful I came across it because it served as a reminder of how important social media is in our lives, especially when trying to get an important job/position. A lot of people my age is very immature when it comes to this topic, they don’t understand that anything that is put out there can be retrieved again, or the fact that employers will make it their mission to find out what kind of person you are. I am actually going to copy the link to this article and share it with my own friends to hopefully knock some sense into them, and make them understand that it’s not too early or late to start controlling their social media.

  29. Julia Collins June 14, 2019 at 12:17 am #

    Throughout my college career, there has always been an emphasis on finding a career. We pick majors designed to educate us for the careers we want. We meet with resume editors to learn how to build a competitive resume. We attend interview workshops to sharpen our skills on how to market ourselves as candidates. All of this is done with the hope of landing the job we seek to attain. There are so many key elements to consider when trying to make an impression for a job you applied for. In this era of technology, we need to be able to personally-brand ourselves on all social media platform’s because employers do check out all of the applicant’s social media profiles. LinkedIn is already known to be a professionally used social media app, but the other form of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, is seen to show off your personal side and to express yourself. More people need to be aware that employers will check out all of your social media before even looking at anything else because it’s important to know who exactly they’re hiring and if they would be a good fit for the position.
    I personally don’t think that a job should judge you on your social media (besides LinkedIn) because this isn’t the applicant in their professional setting. Also, nobody should be judged just by a picture on social media, unless the picture includes anything illegal. The best way to get to know someone has always been by physically meeting them, not just looking at their social media account. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works anymore. Employers will definitely look at social media first and then decide if they want to interview the applicant. Therefore, everyone should clean up their social media and focus on branding themselves before applying to a job.

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