In our digital world, the variety of devices that allow one to be connected to everything happening in the world is so consuming that it’s almost impossible to be completely absent from media. Although, this ability to be interconnected may be beneficial, it may also be more harmful than one might expect, especially when seeking a new job.
Think Before You Post:
If you've entered the professional world, be it an office position, restaurant server, or corporate management, be aware that social media may have an effect on your chances of employment. Hiring managers have been looking into more than your professional social media sites such as LinkedIn, but also into your personal social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram. As potential employees we are now required to take necessary precautions when posting content on our personal sites — this includes pictures, statuses using profanity and even content posted by friends or family. Think of social media as your "first impression". Scary, huh? No! We're not asking you to ditch your social life, just keep it professional when seeking a new position.
Social Media Tips for the Professional World:
We have found an infographic from Jobvite that contains data from the 2014 Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey. This infographic will help you better understand what we’re talking about. http://www.jobvite.com/resources/infographics/
Therefore, just remember to avoid profanity, and posts related to sex, drugs and alcohol. Reckless posting could cost you that position you’ve always dreamed of. Be social but be conscious!