Many, many people overshare these days, and the very same photos that you thought would be fun to share with friends on Instagram can actually prevent you from finding work. So what should you do? You should clean up your online presence before you start looking for a new job. Let’s start with Instagram, the most visual form of social sharing.
Your profile is private so you are fine right? Wrong! Your photos are never private. There are websites that rip all photos from public and private Instagram accounts and make them easily visible to the public. There are also ways to track Instagram accounts through Facebook, which often uses your real name. All of those private photos could be used to hold you back from getting a job.
Even if all you post is pictures of you and your baby, you may be telling the employer something about your life that could bias them against you. As soon as possible, make sure you clean out your Instagram account with the following tips:
- Consider Deleting Everything
You may want to consider deleting your account and/or every single unprofessional photo you ever took. Ask yourself: did sharing a photo of you doing something stupid help you in any way? These photos can be fun to share in the moment, but most people do not need updates on your good times, and a few weeks later they are just tools people can use to learn way too much about your personal life. Delete everything you’re willing to delete.
- Change Name/Make Private
What you won’t delete you should try to hide. Make sure your Instagram name isn’t your real name, remove your real name from the account, and consider changing the location and turning your profile image into something else (like a flower or an animal) so that if someone does find the private account, they have no reason to think it’s you and continue searching.
- Edit for Spelling and Grammar
Everything you say and do creates an impression. For the photos you’re keeping, edit your spelling and grammar to make it appear more professional. If an employer does find a photo of you, at the very least you want them to read it and feel you’re intelligent.
- See What’s Out There
Search for your Instagram name on Google and in tags. For example, if you had an Instagram @EverydayInterviewTips, then do Google search for different terms, like “Instagram @everydayinterviewtips.” This will allow you to see what shows up if people search for you. If you find that you’re tagged in a photo that is unflattering, you can ask the person to remove it.
- Stop Adding Strangers
Once your Instagram is private, you’re probably still going to have people adding you. Deny them unless you know who they are. The more people that you add without looking the more likely a future employer is there.
Finally, Watch What You Post
The culture of sharing revealing photos, unflattering photos, and unprofessional photos is a problem that really does affect the job interview process. Clean up your profile and be careful.
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