Why job seekers should keep their social media accounts private

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

22 September 2016

Imagine you’re applying for a job. You write up a good cover letter, polish your resume, check your references are all up to date, then send it off.

Along with an album of embarrassing photos from that boys vacation you had in Vegas in 2008.

Of course, you wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing. But by keeping your social media accounts open to the public, you’re allowing potential employers to look you up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and any other platforms and look back through your history to see what you’ve been up to.

Is that ethical behaviour? Perhaps not. But it is a growing trend amongst potential employers. And if your social media accounts are public, then you can’t stop them looking.

This applies to everyone, of course. Not just potential employers. Public accounts mean that anyone anywhere can look at your life and see what you’re doing.

However, when it comes to jobseeking, there’s even more at stake.

The good news is that it’s easy to turn most profiles to private. If you’re currently applying for jobs, go to your social accounts, bring up your security settings and lock them down as much as possible.

Don’t let that boys vacation ruin your chances of getting that dream job. SurfEasy VPN can protect you online with bank-grade encryption and hiding your IP, but it can’t stop your old photos coming back to haunt you.

 

 

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