In the age of Google, we all naturally turn to the internet when faced with a challenge. For example, “How do I saw 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, you’ve probably spent some time browsing websites and blogs looking for good advice. Overall, the message is generally the same: use your network, dress appropriately, create an impressive online portfolio, yadda yadda.
For years, we have listened to the same advice. One of the main tips experts love to throw out there 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 candidates rejected based on their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn profiles.
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We have all heard the horror stories. An HR manager found the bachelor party weekend photos of your second cousin and canceled the company’s job offer. Or a potential boss stumbled upon your neighbor’s tagged photos on Instagram and decided you weren’t “right for their brand.”
In the past, we’ve been told to clean up our social media accounts or risk missing opportunities. But is it really still necessary?
Unfortunately, it could be.
A few weeks ago, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin made headlines around the world. A video of the 36-year-old’s party with friends went viral on social media. While the video itself was harmless, it highlighted how rigorous the standards are for young professionals, especially women, on social media.
Here was a respected and very successful woman who was being scolded for simply having fun with her friends on her night off. Let’s be honest, we’ve all been there. And the fact is, workers have the right to enjoy their downtime in any way they choose. But old habits die hard and unfortunately many companies, brands and people will continue to 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 working and the arrival of Generation Z in the workplace, we are seeing a gradual shift to more relaxed and casual work environments. Employees are encouraged to fully commit to work while employers advocate diversity of thinking. However, the story of Sanna Marin has highlighted how far we still have to go.
In 2022, it makes no sense for a workplace to violate your privacy and spend time looking into your social media accounts. If you have extensive experience, good references, and a positive attitude, this should really be all that matters when it comes to applying and getting a job.
Who really cares if you like going to nude beaches on your vacation or spending Sunday mornings at a warehouse rave? You do it. And as for the old-fashioned businesses browsing through your social media accounts, who needs it?
So, if you’re looking for a role in a forward-thinking company, check out these great gigs below:
Front-end developer, Blip
The company: Based in Porto, Portuguese Blip is a cutting-edge software engineering company with a difference. Founded in 2009, the company is already in the Billionaire’s Club API along with Twitter, Meta and Google.
The role: Currently, the team is looking for a front-end developer who can design and develop technical solutions, run unit tests, maintain and improve production code, and keep documentation up to date. You can read the full specification of the job here.
Why it’s a great place to work: Blip actually came first in a “100 Best Companies to Work For” ranking by Portuguese business magazine Exame. It is also a leader in the categories of workspace and personal growth.
Product manager, Wolt
The company: Wolt is a technology company that makes it easy to discover and receive products and food from the best restaurants, grocery stores, and other local stores delivered to your home or office. The e-commerce platform is currently in 23 countries and more than 250 cities around the world.
The role: To grow, the company needs to hire a Product Lead who can help take its shipping tools to the next level and build a solid foundation for product planning and forecasting. It might be you? Apply online here.
Why it’s a great place to work: “The company has a healthy culture, at least from an engineering point of view. People are open-minded and respect differences of opinion, ”says a current employee Glass doorwhich is based at Wolt’s headquarters in Helsinki.
Animation programmer, Activison
The company: Have you ever played Crash Bandicoot, Call of Duty or Tony Hawk? If so, then you will already know Activision, the world’s leading gaming company. Headquartered in Santa Monica, USA, Activison has offices around the world.
The role: Its Manchester office is looking for an animation programmer who has a passion for animation, a proven understanding of computer fundamentals, and experience of working directly on low-level game animation systems.
Get more information here.
Why it’s a great place to work: The company aims to foster an inclusive culture that embraces diversity and is doing so through its employee networks. These include Asian & Pacific Islander Employee Network, Black Employee Network, Differing Abilities Employee Network, Latinx Employee Network, and more.
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