Even though social media is not part of your formal job application, it’s important to consider its role as you hunt for jobs. Social media can help or hurt you, depending on how you use it. For the month of July, we’ll be offering some tips on how to make sure your social media presence doesn't cost you a job.
First things first: Social media isn’t really private. Most people let their friends of friends view certain settings, and there's a good chance you’re friends with someone who knows someone at the company you want to to work for (see: every networking tip ever). Even if your profile is on complete lockdown, you're not necessarily off the hook -- we've heard stories of interviewers asking candidates to show them their Facebook profiles! So what you put online is very much a part of your job search process.
By now you *should* know not to include those photos of strip beer pong, but there are other Hollywood-specific faux pas you should be aware of. Hated the movie you saw last weekend? Good luck applying for the production company that made it if your status says it sucked. Or maybe on the day of your interview, you tweeted that Grace and Frankie is your new favorite show, but the company you’re applying to is looking for someone who lives and breathes sci-fi. The entertainment you consume is no longer simply for pleasure, so keep your current and future colleagues in mind when posting. It’s great to have an opinion, but be careful how you express it online.