What every job seeker should know & how to keep your social status “clean!”
Are you looking for a job? Whether it’s a part time position for extra cash while you’re running in between classes or to begin your journey in the realm of employment… Your online social presence matters.
As illustrated by Three Ships Media in the picture below, everything you say online is open to the public to view (which is a scary thought). You know that fraternity party you attended last week? Ya, the one with pictures you’re tagged in. Right now, everyone in your social circle and your friends’ social circles can see that. Get ready to apologize to good old granny now, because I’m pretty sure you didn’t want her seeing your half naked profile hovering over the toilet… like, ever.
Which brings us to the first point, should you or shouldn’t you make that post or comment?
It all boils down to what you feel comfortable with people seeing. If you like baring it all and aren’t worried about what people will think about your fraternity party mishap, then post away. However, if you’re a tad on the paranoid side, I suggest reviewing your account settings. You can group people into specific social circles and have your profile available to preview based on access levels. Some can view pictures, some can’t. It’s that easy, and it sure comes in handy if you’re looking for a job where there is a pretty good chance the employer’s HR team will do a background check and/or social search of you. Still unsure? If you think you’re going to be embarrassed by the picture, don’t post it.
Onto the second point of this topic, should you friend your co-worker(s)?
This, too, can be a tricky situation. If you’re on a friendly enough level where you can joke around and still leave work with a smile on your face at the end of the day, I’d say go for it. On the flip side, if you work with people that you’re unsure about and received a call from your supervisor as a result of leaving fifteen minutes prior to close time last Friday, you’re probably going to want to not accept their request (or place them in a seriously restricted friend list where nothing can be written or seen by them). Although you’d like to believe that everyone’s NOT out to plot against you at work, it’s been known to happen. With the competitive job market and employers constantly struggling to stay afloat, a large majority of small businesses live in the sink or swim mode. When people get desperate, they’ll act according to their own benefit.
Word to the wise on those type of employers kids – they’re stepping stone positions. If you’re looking for a job where you can be in it for the long haul, check with the HR department on how long each employee has been at the company during your interview. Especially if it’s a small business. If it’s a large corporation, ask them what the average term of employment is for their employees. It’s a standard interview question, so you won’t raise any alarms by asking it. If you run into a situation where they don’t have an HR company or the “acting” HR presence is also best friends with the owner, then you may want to research the company prior to accepting the position. Unfortunately the rule applies in the work place: “if it sounds too good to be true, then it most likely is.”
Your social presence is your own unique personal brand.
Your online presence is how employers will review your talents, skills, interests, and job experience. There might be a few questionable incidences that come up every now and then – you’re young and life isn’t about walking on a straight and narrow line. Understanding how to manage your profile will help limit those uncertainties and keep your online presence in the “green zone”!
With that in mind… Here’s the illustration on how social media channels are utilized in layman terms: