In today’s social media saturated world, the likes of LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook can both help you and hurt you if you’re not careful.
On one hand, you can use social media and the web as a job search and networking tool that is becoming more robust by the second. However, just as you have the ability these days to dig into a company, so too do they.
A recent article posted by CNN cited that “70 percent of U.S. business managers say they decided not to hire a job candidate based upon something found out about her online.” Your first impression is made long before the interview, so it’s important to maintain a good online reputation.
The article shares this advice for keeping your virtual self virtuous:
Clean up your pages
Because social media sites appear high in search results, it’s a good idea to choose the highest privacy settings on these networks. Also, “remove complaints about your job or boss, any confidential work information, and photos of yourself acting in a way that could be construed as inappropriate,” says Lindsey Pollak, a global spokesperson for LinkedIn.
Going “offline” to protect yourself isn’t the answer
“If you’re nowhere to be found on Google, employers may question whether you have kept up with the latest trends or are qualified for a job that requires minimal digital skills,” says Dorie Clark, a blogger for Harvard Business Review. If you’re looking for a job as an interior designer, for example, start a blog on your favorite home decor. Employers will be impressed by your initiative, says Pollak.
Share job news in person
Got an offer? Great. But don’t announce it on Facebook until you clear it with your employer-to-be, says Pollak. People have been fired after posting online about their employment without the sanction of the new boss, experts say. Stick with spreading your good fortune in person.
And this CareerBuilder article shares some tips for getting hired using social media (as well as some things that could get you fired).
What has your experience been? Share things that you’ve done when it comes to social media and the web while job hunting in our comments section.