The world of social media has drastically altered how we live our lives. It used to be a cool way to connect with old friends and chat with people on the other side of the world with similar interests.
Now, it’s a way for others to judge someone’s character and personality before even meeting them.
There’s a great article recently published on Refinery 29 that talks about six social media mistakes to avoid when job hunting, and here they are:
- Badmouthing employers and/or coworkers
- Getting too personal
- Posting contradictory things
- Spelling and grammar mistakes
- Posting questionable content
- Openly bullying others
Give the article a read to get full explanations about each of these no-nos – it’s definitely worth the time, especially if you’re suddenly feeling defensive.
Adhering to these rules is important during a job hunt, but it’s better to just live by them on a daily basis. We hear a lot about “social media etiquette” these days, and whether we want to believe it or not, it’s a real thing.
Before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and every other social media outlet became mainstream, people couldn’t pass judgment on others until meeting face-to-face. Now, those same people have probably already formed an opinion about you before an in-person encounter because of your social media activity. Make sure it’s a good one.
Nobody can stop employers from checking social media pages of those they interview. Why? Because it’s hard to truly know who someone is during a one- or two-hour window.
Anyone can be charming when “the lights are on,” but employers want to know who they’re really considering to hire, especially when it requires them spending at least 40 hours a week with this person.
Any college athlete can remember hearing their coach say at some point that when taking the field/court/ice, they’re not just representing themselves, but also the school name on their uniform.
A social media page operates the exact same way – it’s an extension of you. When someone looks at your personal Twitter timeline or Facebook page (or your business pages), make sure they’re seeing the real you, not an alter ego hiding behind a computer or smartphone.
At the end of the day, the Golden Rule will always apply: treat others how you want to be treated. Instead of just doing this during face-to-face interactions, shift it to online interactions, as well. Take pride in your social media pages and how they appear to others—you never know who is paying attention and reading everything you say.