Social media : Is It Damaging Your Chances of Getting Apprenticeships in Manchester?

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We now live in a society where over 6000 tweets are sent every second and every ounce of our lives can be documented, whether it is through your story on snapchat, status’ on Facebook or a quick tweet on Twitter. Everyone knows what you had for dinner, what your dog looks like and most importantly, what the weather is like in your part of the country.. 

With these social media updates, we also talk about work and our future ambitions. In today’s society, it is common that employers will check out your social media before offering you a job contract, therefore it needs to be up to scratch.

Not to worry, we’re here to get you social media savvy and maximise the chance of you bagging one of those apprenticeships in Manchester!

Complaining about job or boss

Many people have made the mistake of offloading frustration with work on their social media in the heat of moment, however, people often forget how accessible your social media is and that you are potentially speaking to large audience. Even though your boss may not be aware of your social media accounts, other employees may well do, therefore you need to remember the ‘frustration’ tweets could easily come to the attention to your boss. This also applies to previous job or boss complaints. It is known that employees can check your social media before offering you an apprenticeship; therefore if you have negative tweets or status’ about a previous role, then employers may be concerned that their business may come under fire also.  

Bad spelling

Trying to bag your dream apprenticeship in social media? Employees will take a look at your social media to see your style and the exciting content you could bring to their social media, therefore it’s vital that your spelling is up to scratch. If you don’t know your ‘there’ from your ‘their’ and you’re resorting to text talk frequently, then it’s time to rethink your social media content.  A jobsite survey has found that 66 percent of employers look negatively upon poor spelling and grammar; therefore you are better off spelling everything out!

Sharing your latest job offer

Getting your dream apprenticeship in Manchester may be an exciting time and your first instinct may be to let the world know! Whether this is through Twitter, Facebook or Snapchat, who wouldn’t want to know about your exciting new job and all the juicy details?!  Your new employers, that’s who. Job offers can be confidential; therefore sharing the news can mean a breach of this confidentiality.

Mocking customers

Mocking customers online is never a good idea and can have very poor effects on your career. There is only one loser in this situation - the company that you work for. If you have mocked customers previously and a potential new employer sees, there may be concerns about your attitude, humour and your ability to be confidential.  Thirteen Virgin Atlantic cabin crew members were fired after posting comments on Facebook labelling passengers ‘chavs’. Moral of the story; don’t make fun of customers for the world to see!

The thirteen cabin crew members should have enrolled on our social media courses in Lancashire

Alcohol

Even if you’re over the legal drinking limit and posing with alcohol in your photos, you are representing a brand or company and this may not be the message that they want to get across. It’s not a positive image that potential employees could see of you and it could hinder you and your job search. That dodgy drunken photo you uploaded for everyone to see? Yes, it’s probably time to delete that.

Tasteless comments

You don’t need me to tell you again that if you post something online, you might not be able to control who sees it and shares it. Tasteless comments could be in the way of bagging one of your dream apprenticeships in Bury. No employer wants to see ignorant comments or swearing from one of their potential employee’s, so be careful what you post.

So there we have it. Now you know the dos and don’ts of social media, it’s time to apply for your dream apprenticeships in Manchester! If you still are unsure, why not enrol in one of our social media courses in Lancashire? You’ll be social media savvy in no time. Visit our website for more information.  

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