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What not to share with the world

October 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Let’s face it, because of social media, today we all live in glass houses.  This is very important to keep in mind at all times when it comes to work and your career.  What a great way for HR professionals and recruiters to learn more about you and your personality!  Why not scroll through your posts and tweets and such and see what you’re up to!  And – don’t think your profile is safe because of your privacy settings.  You never know whose sister, brother, cousin, significant other or friend works in the HR department of Company XYZ where you want to work (or where you currently work for that matter).

Consider these suggestions:

  • Review your pictures and consider limiting the number of pictures where you are… not on your best behavior. It’s ok if you social, but when uploading and sharing pictures take a minute and ask yourself, “Would I want my employer or potential employer to see this?”
  • Be careful of your comments. Social media is not the place to complain about your job, manager or not-so-nice neighbor (to a certain extent). Granted, we all have bad days and need to vent, just don’t post or tweet in the heat of the moment. I’m not saying all of your posts have to be sunshine and roses. Take a walk or call a friend before you share to the whole wide world.
  • If your friend posts something on your wall that’s not in your best interest, you should delete it – or hide from your timeline. Sometimes friends think something is way funnier than it actually is to others.
  • What groups do you belong to? What kind of apps have you added to your profile? You may want to do a little housekeeping.

Social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, learn about the latest happening and trends or get viewpoints on anything and everything.  Social media is not a good place to talk down about your manager or complain about your job.  I’m not saying you can’t share your interests and opinions – just be considerate of how easy things can be misinterpreted.

Good luck!


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