With the buzz of making friends in freshers week and by the time you reach your second year there are bound to be photos of you on Facebook and other social networks. Some students might be worried about the impression that these make and some research would suggest that they are right to be worried. A recent study has shown that 45% of employers use social networks to check job candidates
A report by The Guardian has shown that students are starting to feel more pressured to re-build their online identity, delete those inappropriate freshers week photos and create the right image for employers, but what is that image? The report states that illicit photos, bad communication, bragging about drug taking, bad-mouthing a previous employer or sharing confidential information can all be seen as inappropriate. Positive Facebook profiles include those that reflect the candidates character, shows their personality, professional qualifications and good communication skills. It also says that good references towards the candidate are beneficial.
Is it really necessary to paint this professional image of yourself on a social networking site? The fact is that inappropriate images are usually linked to socialization and coming from University, this is bound to happen. Employers are also looking for signs of friendships and your ability to work in a team. So is it really necessary to take down the photos of your getting drunk with the rugby team, if you have photos of you training together the next day? Perhaps it’s best to take down the most obscene and keep the sociable photos, but don’t limit your identity to signs of achievement with no sense of personality.