10 Questions Nigerian JobSeekers Must Ask Before Their Next Social Media Update.

 

It is a great thing that social media has given us the opportunity to connect with friends, stay in touch with families etc. However, the sheer abuse of social media updates/profiles is appalling.

From nude pictures to toilet selfies, drunk images and “breakfast tinz”, yet 65% of Hiring managers agree that they check applicants social media profiles “to see if he/she presents him/herself professionally.

51% also check [on Social media ]if the applicant is a good fit for company culture.

Source: internship.com

it is therefore important to understand that as a job seeker, some of these updates could end up hurting your Job search.

Below are the top 10 questions every Nigerian job seeker must ask before posting a facebook status or tweet.

1. Are my social media profiles a true representation of me?

2. Will a prospective employer be happy to employ me after checking my profile?

3. What image does my social media profile project about me?

4. Is this update relevant to my audience? Will this update benefit my audience?

5. Am I ready for the consequences of this update?

6. Are my privacy settings right?

7. Do I want the whole world to know what I’m about to post?

8. Will I be proud of this update in years to come? Will this update cause any problems for me now or in future?

9. Will I be comfortable discussing this in my next job interview?

10. Am I posting this under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

Those are the “10 Questions Nigerian Jobseekers Must ask before their Next Social media update. Meanwhile, You can follow me on twitter @phemyte to continue the conversation or #SMJobSearchTips for Social Media Job Search Tips.

Question: What Comes to your mind just before you post on your favorite social media platform?

4 Stupid Ways Your Social Media Profile is Ruining Your Job Search

 

1. You Are Not Using Your Real Name.

There’s a new fad (not really new) on social media now that I think is annoying and an Achilles heel  to thousands of job seeking youths in Nigeria. It’s the stupid fad of name transliteration. I see a lot of people changing  their names just because they want to look trendy stupid. You see people change OLAMIDE TO HORLARMEDAY, OLUWASEYI TO HOELUWHASHAYEE, AJAYI TO HARJAYEE. While this may thrill you at the moment, it is the Trojan horse that will sabotage your job search in the nearest future. Imagine a certain Olamide Oluwaseyi invited for an interview. During the course of the interview, the interviewer asks for his Facebook page because he couldn’t  find it. Olamide then starts trying to spell his version of his name as Horlarmeday. How does that portray your personality?

2. You Don’t Know How To Use Social Media As A Job Seeking Tool.

Social media is here to stay, whether we like it or not. Facebook has over 11 million active users and  twitter has over 6 million active Nigerians users That is a huge lot of people. Every serious business is getting on social media to reach more people. When they need more hands on desk, their first port of call is social networking sites. As a job seeker, you need to know How To Use Social media to Land Your Dream Job in Nigeria. Tap into this wonderful resource and use it to your advantage. Follow the companies you’d like to work with on twitter, like them on Facebook, follow job-sites on these sites, e.g. jobbermandotcom, nigerianjobsonline. You might get lucky.

3.  You Have Not Branded Yourself.

So many people don’t know why they are on social media. Neither do they see themselves as a brand. Yet the truth is; not only blue chip companies have brands, every single person on planet earth has a brand. It is how you want to be perceived and what you want to be known for. Each time you see the color yellow, what comes to your mind? MTN abi? Good. When you see the phrase “everywhere you go” MTN comes to mind. When you see the Big elephant First bank comes to mind (chai! see free advert). As these companies have built their brands, so are you a brand too. Are your social media profiles a true representation of you? Will a prospective employer be happy to employ you after checking your profile?  What image does your social media profile project about you?

4. Your Updates Are Trash:

It is now so common on social media sites for users to tweet nudes for follow backs or to trend a particular topic e.g. #worldcleavageday from hate tweets, tweetfights and nude pictures, many jobseekers are shooting themselves in the leg with their social media updates. don’t be surprised when you go for job interviews and your interviewer pulls off a nude picture of you.

Conclusion
Social media sites can be fun and interesting. You can go ahead and bash the governor of your state, abuse the president, tweet your nudes. Just remember the internet never forgets.

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Question: Has Social Media affected your job search negatively? How? Use the comment box to share your experience.

7 Frightening Social Recruiting Statistics Every Nigerian Job Seeker Should Know.

The burden of responsible social media use seems to have fallen on me for a while now. Each time I see a Nigerian youth heading for social media disaster, I cringe. If only you knew how hard getting a job is (and I’m sure you know, you’ve not just connected the two), you’d be careful with your social media updates. Already, there are no jobs in the country and the little ones available are highly competitive. Recruiters are always looking for ways to screen out candidates and your social media profile gives them an alibi.

Below are 7 frightening Social Recruiting statistics every Nigerian youth cum Job seeker should take note of.

1. 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts.

2. 78% of recruiters have made a hire using social media.

3. Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin remain recruiters social network of choice.

4. Linkedin remains the king of choice in searching 96%, contacting 94%, vetting 92% and keeping tabs 93% of candidates.

5. Recruiters look for professional experience, hard skills, industry related voice and cultural fit as part of the hiring process.

6. 42% of recruiters have considered a candidate based on content viewed on their social media profiles, which have resulted in positive and negative re-assessments.

7. Profanity, punctuation and grammar errors or “gbagaun” trigger a negative reaction among recruiters over 60% of the time.

There you have it. If you are a Nigerian youth, using social media and seeking a Job, you better be aware. Social Media is not just a child’s play. The statistics above prove that.

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** All Statistics are culled from Jobvite social recruiting Survey 2013

Questions: Have You ever been asked for your social media profiles in a Job interview? What was your reaction?