In the age of Google, we all naturally turn to the internet when faced with a challenge. For example, “How do you get through a drain?”, “What’s the best way to get over a hangover?” or maybe even “How do I get my dream job?”.
If you’re currently looking for a new career, chances are you’ve spent a little time scouring websites and blogs for sound advice. Broadly speaking, the message is the same: use your network, dress appropriately, create an impressive online portfolio, yadda yadda.
We’ve been listening to the same advice for years. One of the top tips experts like to share is to clean up your social media accounts before applying for a job. A 2017 YouGov study found that over a third of UK employers rejected candidates because of their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn profiles.
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We’ve all heard the horror stories. A human resources manager found pictures of your second cousin’s bachelorette party weekend and rescinded the company’s job offer. Or a potential boss stumbled across your neighbor’s tagged picture on Instagram and decided you’re “not quite right for their brand.”
In the past we’ve been told to clean up our social media accounts or risk missing opportunities. But is that really still necessary?
Unfortunately it can be.
A few weeks ago, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin made headlines around the world. A video of the 36-year-old partying with friends went viral on social media. While the video itself was harmless, it highlighted just how strict the standards are for young professionals – especially women – on social media.
Here was a highly successful, well-respected woman being punished for simply having a good time with her friends on her evening off. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. The fact is, workers have the right to enjoy their downtime however they choose. But old habits are hard to break and unfortunately many companies, brands and people will still judge you by what you post online.
Things are slowly moving in a new direction. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of remote work and the arrival of Generation Z in the workplace, we are seeing a gradual shift towards more relaxed, informal work environments. Employees are encouraged to put their heart into work as employers promote diversity of thought. However, the story of Sanna Marin showed how much further we have to go.
In 2022, there’s no point in any workplace invading your privacy and spending time sifting through your social media accounts. If you have ample experience, good references and a positive attitude, that should really be all that counts when applying and performing on the job.
Who really cares if you enjoy going to nudist beaches on your vacation or spending Sunday mornings at a warehouse rave? you make yourself And as for old-fashioned companies scouring your social media accounts, who needs them?
So if you’re looking for a position at a forward-thinking company, take a look at these great gigs below:
Front End Developer, Blip
The company: Based in Porto, Portugal, Blip is a cutting-edge software development company with a difference. Founded in 2009, the company is already in the API Billionaire’s Club alongside Twitter, Meta and Google.
The role: Currently, the team is looking for a front-end developer who can design and develop technical solutions, perform unit testing, maintain and improve production code, and keep documentation up to date. You can read the full job profile here.
Why it’s a great place to work: Blip even took first place in a ranking of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Portuguese business magazine Exame. It also leads in the workplace and personal growth categories.
Product Manager, Wolt
The company: Wolt is a technology company that makes it easy to discover products and groceries from the best restaurants, grocery stores and other local businesses and have them delivered to your home or office. The e-commerce platform is currently available in 23 countries and more than 250 cities around the world.
The role: To grow, the company needs to hire a product manager who can help take its shipping tools to the next level and build a solid base for forecasting and planning products. could that be you Apply online here.
Why it’s a great place to work: “The company has a healthy culture, at least from a technical point of view. People are open-minded and respect differences of opinion,” says a current Glassdoor employee working at Wolt’s Helsinki headquarters.
Animation Programmer, Activision
The company: Have you ever played Crash Bandicoot, Call of Duty or Tony Hawk? Then you already know Activision, the world’s leading gaming company. Activison is headquartered in Santa Monica, USA, with offices around the world.
The role: Manchester office is looking for an Animation Programmer who has a passion for animation, a proven understanding of computing fundamentals and experience working directly with low-level game animation systems.
More information is available here.
Why it’s a great place to work: The company aims to foster an inclusive culture that embraces diversity and does so through its employee networks. These include the Asian and Pacific Islander Employee Network, the Black Employee Network, the Mixed Skills Employee Network, the Latin American Employee Network and more.
To discover these jobs and more, take a look at the House of Talent Jobs Board today