When it comes to applying for a new job, most of us understand what employers are looking for. Even someone new the job market recognizes the need for qualifications and experience. Even those without specific experience will use clever wording to fit life experience to a role. Even those who have been out of education for years will list qualifications high on the page. This is all necessary to make yourself stand out.
What fewer people realize is that securing a position isn’t just about giving an employer what they want. Modern employment involves a whole lot more than what you write on a resume. Most employers will now search for you online and do a few background checks. With that in mind, then, lifestyle choices you didn’t even consider could play a part in your success. Sadly, this is the downfall for many. Even those who paint themselves in the best light can let themselves down in other areas. To make sure it doesn’t happen, consider the three following aspects of your life you might not have realized would come under scrutiny.
Social media presence
Social media and employment often spell trouble. We’ve all heard horror stories about people who lose their jobs as a result of thoughtless status updates. From full-blown rages about managers to pictures posted on ‘sick days’; we’ve seen it all. But, this can also undo our chances at employment. Books like Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.’ prove this point. Every case Ronson outlines involves a split minute decision which leads to a lifelong employment struggle. Don’t let it happen to you. Instead, keep your social media above board, and don't express opinions there which you wouldn’t want a manager to see.
Bad judgment calls
The bad decisions don’t end there, either. We all make bad judgment calls from time to time. Often, nothing comes about as a result. Sometimes, though, a terrible choice could leave us in trouble with the law. An ideal example of this would be driving over the limit. You may convince yourself ‘it’s only down the road,’ but the law won’t agree. Even if you’re lucky enough to afford experienced lawyers, there’s no guarantee something like this won’t stick on your record. And, this is just the kind of thing you don’t want coming on your background check. Instead, then, you should keep your nose squeaky clean. If there’s any level of risk involved, you’re best off steering clear.
The time you don’t work
You may spend so long filling your resume with relevant experience that you forget to consider time out of work. But, employment gaps are often one of the main areas of interest for employers. If you can’t provide a satisfactory answer, you can kiss goodbye to the job. As well as focusing on what you have done, spend some time thinking about how you’ll explain the gaps. If you can paint this in a positive light, the job will be as good as yours.