Prospective employers do judge you by your social media profiles.
Nine out of 10 hiring managers are looking at your social media profiles before making a hiring decision, according to recent studies. More than half of those surveyed said they’ve reconsidered hiring a candidate based on what they found online.
That should both frighten you and give you hope.
As a jobseeker, it’s important to consider what a prospective employer will learn about you online. Social media profiles aren’t just used to “rule out” candidates — your online presence can also improve your chances of getting the job, by providing examples of your work ethic, spotlighting mutual connections, and identifying cultural fit.
So look at it as a positive and make sure to populate your various social media accounts with interesting and appropriate tidbits. It is one more avenue you have to reach the interview.