I’m a huge advocate of not wearing pants when you write. What can I say? It frees you up and lends itself well to the creative process.
However, I not only have
a job, but a job in which my boss supports my everyday freedom from slacks—ah, the perks of working from home
—as well as my right to espouse that freedom in social media posts. But for any of you shopping your résumé around HR departments, be aware that recruiters will likely check your social media activity.
An infographic flowchart from OnlineClasses.org tells us that 79 percent of recruiters say they look at applicants’ online presence prior to making a job offer, while 70 percent have actually rejected candidates based on what they saw.
Here’s how the rejection breaks down:
• 53 percent of recruiters who have rejected candidates due to online content said the reason was provocative or inappropriate pictures;
• 44 percent cited proof of alcohol or drug use;
• 35 percent named slandering of a colleague or employer.
Bottom line: Until your bottom lands a firm seat at one of your potential employer prospects, keep it covered and keep it off of Facebook.