Putting your best foot forward – Social Networking
There’s an official term for what we do with online networking such as Blogging, Facebook and MySpace. It’s called “Social Networking” and while still a relatively new concept; its popularity has quickly spread. To date, MySpace is enjoyed by over 200 million users.
There’s no denying these sites are a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, however have you considered the impact on your job search and career?
Around the world, employers too are becoming increasingly internet-savvy; and social networking is becoming more and more popular as a recruitment tool.
What does your page say about you?
This is equally important when applying for a new job; as when you’re in a job and discussing it online. The golden internet rule: once it’s out there, it’s out there.
Stacey’s developed some tips for social networking:
- Don't include a link on your resume to any site which includes inappropriate content that is not appropriate for a business audience.
- Be very careful what you put online. Make your accounts private, so only your friends can access it. Be extra careful, and don't post anything that you don't want a prospective employer (or your Mum!) to read.
- Consider creating a personal web site, if you're looking to advance your career, specifically related to your job search including your resume, samples, your portfolio, and certifications. Include only professional and academic information. Or use your profile on sites like LinkedIn to promote your experience.
- Post in haste, repent in leisure. Never write in anger! You may not even remember writing your post, but a potential employer can read it anytime.
- Be careful what you write or say. Keep in mind that just about anything that is online can be read by someone - or everyone. If you don't want the world to read what you've posted, make sure they can't.
And while we’re at it: what’s the message on your answering machine, and what’s your email address? Particularly if you’re applying for work, ensure your image is portrayed as sensible and professional. This may be the first contact a potential employer has with you, so send the right message!
If in doubt, remember: An Australian swimmer almost missed her spot in the Olympic Squad due to inappropriate photos on her internet page. Be aware!