Saturday, January 30, 2016

Online Job Search Sites: How You Present Yourself on Social Media Strongly Impacts Your Hireability

   I belong to a few different Help Wanted sites on Facebook. They are great places to aid in the hunt for a job. Many businesses use these sites to help them find employees. I have noticed lately though that they are turning into places for people to ask for handouts but mostly I notice the lack of professionalism on the part of those looking for work. If I were searching for someone to hire I would not hire many of the people on these sites because they present themselves poorly.

     The  use of "text" talk and lack of grammar is one thing that would deter me from hiring someone. If you are too lazy to type out please and thank you then well, I would find you are too lazy to work. I understand that texting can be a pain and many are posting from their phones but, this is a place to present yourself for hire, make sure you present yourself as someone who is worth hiring. I wouldn't hire someone to work in my office if they either couldn't spell simple words like clothes. Yes I've seen people spell clothes as close. That is a grade school word and well if you don't know how to spell it, look it up. 

     If I were looking on this site to hire someone I would also go to their personal Facebook page to see what kind of person they are. Personally I would not hire many of these people because they are very foul mouthed and vulgar on their personal wall. Yes it is their wall but if they want to be hired for a position they apply for on an online Help Wanted site, they should either clean up their Facebook wall or adjust their settings so the employers can't see their wall. It is their wall and they do have a right to it but, it also says who they are and well, you would not walk into a job interview using vulgar language expecting that place to hire you so, don't put yourself out there on social media expecting that you will be hired. Most respectable businesses will pass right on by.

    The thing that has been bothering me the most is how people are using these sites to ask for help. Granted we all need help from time to time but using a site where people are looking for work or businesses are looking for someone to employ is not the place to ask for things such as food, clothes etc while also asking for a job. You would not walk into a job interview and ask for them to give you food and shelter. 

     Social media is the world we live in today and it is a great tool for many things. It is a helpful way for people to look for a job and a way for employers to weed through prospective employees. So with this in mind, remember that you are selling yourself to the employers by putting yourself out there. Don't present yourself as a hardship case, don't present yourself as ignorant and don't present yourself as vulgar. Present yourself  as someone they would deem as a beneficial addition to their business.