Social Media and Searching for Employment

At LifeSpan we are always looking for highly qualified professional employees. From time to time when a candidate applies we search for their existence on social media outlets. Sometimes are findings have been less than stellar. Having a poor online presence can assure that a follow up call for an interview will not occur. Please see below some helpful hints on how to remain relevant and professional on the world wide web!
1. Post statements you’d feel comfortable sharing with your boss in person. Before you make any comment or post, consider how you’d feel if your boss read what you’ve authored.
2. Never comment about work online. Whining or complaining about work on social media is akin to announcing that you’re not a professional. On the other hand, if you brag about an accomplishment or brashly talk about landing certain clients you’ll appear arrogant and there is a risk that your bravado will distress coworkers who think you’re stealing all the glory or annoy clients who want things to stay low key. The only cases where talking about work online is acceptable is to perhaps congratulate a colleague or client for an accomplishment, or to express how much you enjoy your work without a specific deal or win being mentioned.
3. Be grammatically unimpeachable. Double check your statements for typos. Before you post, edit your comments. If you want to be taken seriously, make sure everything you write is grammatically correct and void of typos.
4. Post photos of yourself that you consider to be professional. Photos of you showing your abs, cleavage, drunken evenings with friends or making obscene gestures to the camera should not be posted. Ever.
5. Share links or other friend’s information that may be considered to be universally acceptable. Remain neutral or uncontroversial by not posting links or liking pages that might be considered to be questionable or inappropriate. Be aware that you are as liable as the original poster for liking or passing on defamatory or other legally dubious statements, photos or content.
6. Hide friend’s comments or information that is deemed to be inappropriate. Remaining professional online means that you don’t want to associate with people who post inappropriate comments on your page.
7. Only link, follow or friend people you know and trust. Only associate yourself on social media with people with whom you have a relationship and are aligned with your goal of keeping a professional presence on social media.


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