June 4, 2012 08:23
Is it possible to avoid social networks these days? We definitely live in a social network overload type of world but do you know what’s out there about you?
I recently visited a university and had an interesting conversation with the dean of business about how students are oblivious that their information online will affect their job search. He was trying to explain that pictures, postings and personal information are now (more than ever) crucial in job searches. Of course they were convinced that it wasn’t a big deal, however he’s spot on; part of sourcing and researching a candidate is utilizing social networking sites. Should you really care about your social profiles; is it that serious? Yes, recruiters and employers are diligently searching these sites. They want to know who they are hiring and if the individual fits their values and culture.
- Google search your name
- Whether you know it or not, your social media page could be your first impression
- As a rule of thumb NEVER post something you wouldn’t want shared publicly. That’s it; end of story!
- Be cautious of applications: when you “allow” applications you are giving them access to view specific information of you and your friends.
- Clean up your profiles
- Do not permit foul language
- Last resort, and some of you will have separation anxiety, but temporarily take your page down during your job search
If you think your information is private, think again! There are always ways around that… Check out this video montage called “The World is Obsessed with Facebook” to give you an idea of Facebook stats. http://youtu.be/xJXOavGwAW8
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