Struggling to get a job interview? Your social media profiles could be to blame

Pictures of your wild party days (even if they are before you got all sensibly married and became a mum), inappropriate language and ‘I hate xxx’ groups you support…they may seem like a good idea at the time, but when you’re looking for a new job they could be lethal.

According to a recent survey of recruiters and those in recruiting positions by Reppler, 91% of respondants use social networking sites to screen prospective employees.Unsurprisingly, 76% of them use Facebook, 53% use Twitter and 48% use LinkedIn. So, if you’re known for being tactless, opinionated and politically incorrect, you should consider giving as little public access to your profiles on social networks as possible. We recently wrote about blocking people from following your tweets on Twitter, but this probably isn’t a good tact if you don’t want to upset a potential employer.

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Written by Joycellyn Akuffo

Founder and editor of, a mother of two wonderful children, wife, entrepreneur (check out and journalist.


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