How to use social media to improve your career prospects instead of ruining them.
I was contacted recently by Karissa Byrnes from the Pedestrian TV website for an online article about how social media can be used to actually help your career instead of tarnishing it. Hopefully any user of social media has updated their privacy settings so your boss and colleagues can’t see your sexy selfies or photos of you drunk at a local club. In a world of “over sharing” how can you use social media to your advantage?
A recent study by the Society For Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 84% of employers recruit via social media and 43% of employers screen job candidates through social networks. What they find could disqualify you from your dream job, but it could also give you a leg up!
The same study found 36% of companies have actually disqualified job candidates after doing an online search or viewing an applicant’s social media. Individuals posting to any social media site should do so with caution. Whether right or wrong, many employers view an employee’s social media content and consider it an extension of the company as a whole.
Things not to share on social media
As a general rule I recommends re-thinking any posts that could fall into the following categories :
- Badmouthing the boss, the company or a product offering – if you must vent, do it offline to a friend you can trust.
- Badmouthing competition – you might be certain it’s true, but it just makes you look unprofessional. Besides you never know who you might want to work for in the future.
- Posting or being tagged in inappropriate pictures – you can make social media accounts have to seek your approval before you can be tagged.
- Posting any type of status update when off work due to an illness – literally none of us spend all day in bed asleep even on our sickest of days, but just play it safe and keep things unposted. Even if it’s #tbt.
- Posting controversial remarks that can be used against the company’s mission, vision or values – think long and hard before getting too opinionated on your social media. Nothing is worse than a heated, in-the-moment comment that hasn’t been well thought out, that’s even without factoring in future employers.
- Posting confidential job-related material – this one really shouldn’t need any further explaining, right?
Use social media this way instead…
Instead of abandoning social media altogether, is that you can use it to ensure potential employers judge you favourably.
If hiring managers can’t find you online, it’s not a good sign. It looks like you either have something to hide or nothing to show, both of which will send your resume to the bottom of the pile. Employers will wonder about say, a tech professional that has no online presence; you need to at least be on LinkedIn and possibly twitter but keep Facebook private.
While it’s fine to keep your personal Twitter account private, it may be worth having a searchable Twitter name that depicts professional you and what you bring to the table. This way you get to choose what employers see. Make it look good.
In short, use social media to market yourself. If you’re a designer, photographer, artist etc. share some of your work. If you’re in marketing or public relations, use your profile to show off that you know how to build a following and connect with the right people. No matter what your profession (or professional interest) there are links to share, groups to join and conversations to be a part of that show just how excellent you would be as an employee.
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