Young people are very much into social media. The fact is that polls have shown that about ninety percent of young people are on some form of social media. They often have more than one type of social media account. That is why it is so important to screen what those people are saying and doing on their accounts. Today, we want to take a look at how to screen employees social media accounts – specifically, millennial employees.
Screening Millennial Employees Social Media Accounts
More Noise Means More Difficulty
Multiple social media accounts actually makes it more difficult to figure out exactly what is going on with them online. There is a lot more data about them sure, but the reality is that it also means that they may present themselves in many different lights online as well. You might have to do the job of sorting out which accounts are the real personality of the young person you are thinking of hiring.
Who has time to dig through all of those different social media accounts just to figure out the personality of one potential hire? That sounds like an absolute disaster of a mission for most people.
How Important Is Screening Employees’ Social Media For An Entry Level Job?
Entry-level jobs may not require quite as much social media background screening as some higher level jobs in one sense. However, that is not necessarily true as those applying for higher level jobs probably have the common sense to keep their social media accounts on the up and up. Those who are going for entry-level jobs obviously do not have a lot of work experience, and this may mean that they do not know that they should avoid doing certain things on social media.
You have to weigh both of these ideas when it comes to social media account screening. You might want to spend more time or less time on this kind of screening depending upon what kind of school of thought you fall into.
They Have The Most Baggage
Interestingly, young people are the most likely to have troubling material on social media. The main reason for this compared to older generations is the fact that the younger generation has posted more on their social media accounts than those of older generations. That is important to keep in mind at all times because you have to compare this to the amount of troubling material that is seen by older generations.
You don’t want to insult anyone, but you also want to make sure you end up with people who are actually able to do the job well. Younger people pose a difficult choice for you to make. They can probably do the job better from a technological point of view, but they also sometimes misuse that technology because they are not old enough to understand how this could come back to haunt them. Remember that when you are considering your options as far as new hires go. You don’t want to end up stuck with someone that you do not believe should have the job. At the same time, you do not want to judge a young person too harshly just because they have posted more on social media than some others. It is a balancing act to be certain.