If you’re a job seeker, there are many ways in which you must impress a prospective employer. It could involve looking good on paper – with your resume – and being polished in person. Substance matters, but in many highly competitive fields, the right image matters as well.
Or, in some cases, making sure that you don’t portray the wrong image.
A while back, we discussed the topic of job search email addresses, and how one that is “uncool” could create a poor perception of you. For those with seriously old-school providers, it could make such folks seem a bit old-school and dated themselves. Not necessarily fair, and maybe not even relevant, but that’s how things go sometimes.
Now, there is chatter out there about how not having a Facebook profile could negatively influence someone’s chances to get a job. We’re not talking about having the wrong pictures out on Facebook, making a poor impression about a person as a serious professional. Rather, based on this piece from Moneyland, we’re talking about making a bad impression by not having a Facebook profile in the first place!
I found this to be interesting. Personally, I don’t think having an account or not is relevant to most jobs. Sure, it might be for someone actively working in social media, digital marketing, or the like. But for most jobs out there, does it really matter? No.
However, it seems like not having an account is tantamount to be anti-social, or not well-adjusted. Or, based on the views of some, perhaps an indication that the candidate might be trying to hide something. These are the perceptions that seem to be out there with some.
So, if Facebook isn’t someone’s thing, maybe it’s worthwhile to consider the potential financial ramifications of not having an account. I’m half-serious here, but it’s a mix of rolling my eyes at this on the one hand, and actually strongly considering this on the other hand. Maybe this is where things really are today.
Glad I have an account, even though I try to limit my time on it
My Questions for You
What do you think of this notion of not being on Facebook as a negative for job seekers?
If you were hiring someone, would you care whether or not they have a Facebook account?
Could you truly see this mattering in the industry in which you work?