Surveys have shown that many hiring managers search social media websites when screening potential employees. They search current employees too. After spending so much effort and time building an impressive CV and acquiring the relevant skills in your field, why should you let your presence in social media ruin your chances of getting that job or promotion you have always wanted?
Follow these social media etiquette suggestions to safeguard you reputation.
First of all, it is not advisable to eliminate your presence in social media completely. At times hiring managers will look at your profile in a social website just to get rough ideas as to the type of person that you are outside office environment. If a hiring manager notices that you do not have online presence at all, they might tend to think that your social skills are limited or you are not able to stay relevant in the current world that is social media-centered. The safest way of building and updating social media profiles is by considering them a less formal extension of a resume.
Make sure you complete and regularly update professional social profiles like LinkedIn. An employer might take it as a lack of initiative and a sign of laziness if he looks at your profile and the only information available is your name and that first job you had a Mary's shop when you were 15.
The information and pictures that you share should be appropriate. A rule of thumb when it comes to photos is that if you would not print out a photo and give it to your grandma, then do not post it on your profile. Likewise, if your updates and posts are riddled with derogatory statements and curse words an employer may assume you will bring the same attitude into your workplace and dismiss you as a potential candidate immediately.
Use proper grammar. Grammar really matters. No one will look at you as serious person if you are not conducting your social media presence in a professional manner. Make sure you use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling in your posts and your profile details. You want to portray a professional impression to everyone who sees your social media page.
As long as what you post reflects your professionalism there is nothing wrong with having site. Because a lot of employers search social media websites to gather information when they screen candidates, it is important to have these social media etiquette in mind every time you post.
One last thought. If you have given permission to others to post on your page, monitor what is posted and delete anything that do not meet you standards.
Monitor your online presence and share information and photos that you would happy to show interviewers and potential employers in person. Social media etiquette matters.