I’ve heard employers are now checking up on applicants on social media. Is this true?

In many cases, yes. For better or worse, technology is increasingly blurring the line between our work and social lives. According to some estimates, as many as 85% of prospective employers are now checking out candidates’ social media and online professional networking profiles before inviting them to interview (just to be sure they’re not about to hire a sociopath!) WorkSMART has some basic advice about how to polish up your online professional persona. At the very least be sure to remove any ‘not suitable for work’ type content from public display on any of your social media profiles and ensure that any professional information is current, complete and consistent with the information you have provided on your application form and CV.