Social media’s many downfalls for young job seekers

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When was the last time you checked your phone and went on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media site? Social media is something that has become so ingrained in our society that most people check their notifications multiple times a day.

Statistically speaking, 22 percent of teens check on their favorite social media site more than 10 times a day. People who are ages 8 to 18 spend over seven and a half hours a day on social media.

This leads to cyberbullying becoming the most common risk for all teenagers. Cyberbullying can not only cause depression or anxiety, but it often leads to suicide.

Face-to-face communication has become arbitrary in today’s society. The most used form of communication today is text messaging. Because of this reliance on texting, many people have lost their ability to create and read non-verbal cues. Non-verbal communication such as eye contact, tone of voice, posture and facial expressions are a very important aspect of communication. Those who are able to process this type of communication are more likely to be personally, socially and academically successful.

What many people do not realize is that the ability to read and use non-verbal cues is a big deal when interviewing for a job. If you can read or mirror your interviewer and then react in the accepted way, you are much more likely to get a job.

Some people argue that social media will help in a job search. This is true on the surface level. A positive aspect of social media is the ability for a person looking for a job to find out about recruiters and organizations. It is also a great tool for people to find places that are looking to hire.

The negative aspects come in when the recruiters use social media to look into those applying for the job.

Thirty-five percent of these recruiters have rejected an applicant based on what they saw on social media.

Sadly, 53 percent of employers have found inappropriate photos or information on social media, and 44 percent of these employers found information about drinking or drug abuse.

On top of this, 29 percent of employers found poor communication skills, 26 percent found discriminatory comments and 24 percent found that the applicant had lied about their qualifications.

This information reveals that in order to be successful in the job hunt, one needs to be careful about what they post on social media.

The problem with this is that the recruiter may not only look at your information. Can you trust all of your Facebook friends to be appropriate?

The fix seems simple: Be careful of what you post and who your friends are.

The problem is that this precaution often overshadows the fact that social media does impact our non-verbal communication. If you cannot successfully communicate face to face, then no matter how good your resume is, you will not be offered the job.

Remember that unplugging from social media can be a good thing, and not only because you will have more time to do other things that are more important.

We need to be able to foster strong and loving relationships if we wish to be happy and successful.

The only way to properly do this is to have face to face conversations often.

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