Monday, 14 October 2019

Protect yourself online to get that job!

We've learned since Edward Snowden's revelations how social media platforms act largely as data collection and intelligence gathering tools. Job seekers are cottoning on.

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Multiple forms of surveillance

Of course, Snowden told us about algorithms, automated intelligence and other digital methods seeking to find out more about us than we are perhaps comfortable with.

If our personal data isn't being harvested for "national security" purposes then it's at least given to commercial and other corporate entities. This is certainly true of free services such as social media and webmail accounts, where we become "the product".

However, the likes of Facebook, Twitter and similar are favourite places for recruiters to check out job candidates. Where better to find out what we really think and how we act when our guard is down?

No matter how carefully you fill out a job application form or compose a "winning" CV, your cannabis avatar or Friday night out photos may let you down.

Protecting yourself online

An article appeared on the Sophos "naked security" blog just a few days ago (10.10.2019) giving detailed info and useful advice about job seekers and social media.

It's well worth a read:
10 October 2019

Job seekers are scrubbing clean their social media accounts

While unprofessional behavior mixed with public social media posts and a dash of “you’re fired!” leads to countless scintillating headlines, it’s actually not the top content type that employees strive to hide. Rather, it’s their personal lives, and the numbers break down like this:
  • 70% are trying to keep their personal lives private
  • 56% are working to obscure unprofessional behavior
  • 44% seek to hide their political views

Hopefully, people have gotten hip to the findings of a CareerBuilder survey of some 2,300 hiring managers, which found that those responsible for hiring were turned off by these categories of social media missteps:
  • Candidate’s provocative/inappropriate photos/comments: 49%
  • Candidate drinking or using drugs: 45%
  • Candidate had “poor communication skills”: 35%
  • Candidate bad-mouthed a previous employer: 33%
  • Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender or religion: 28
  • Candidate lied about qualifications: 22%
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