Social media etiquette … how do you fair?
It’s 2018 and you will be (should be) fully in the know about the positive potential of social media to help you find (or not lose) a job. However, for many there is a temptation to use social media as an outlet, whether that’s venting your latest frustrations about Mary from Accounts, boasting about achievements that you may be *slightly* exaggerating or oversharing when under the ‘Ginfluence’.
And, yes, while most of us realise it is not advisable to post that picture of the gin bar tasting party whilst wearing sombreros alongside our LinkedIn profile, there are plenty of pitfalls to avoid when using social media. Here are just a few.
Liar, liar, pants on fire
Online or off, fibbing about your education and/or experience will always come back to bite you. The bigger the fib the harder the bite!
Because your social media profile perhaps doesn’t feel as a ‘real’ as a bona fide CV, it can be tempting to add chunks of experience or even education. What will often catch you out is a lack of consistency, if a reference or job title on your LinkedIn profile is represented differently on your actual CV, recruiters will smell a rat.
And don’t forget, an embellished online CV may get you through the door, but you may find yourself back on the other side of it once your potential new employer undertakes references and finds out quite how much you’ve stretched the truth.
As William Shakespeare once said, “the truth will out!”.
Thinking size matters
When it comes to jobseeking, quality matters more than quantity. Notching up 30,000 followers on Twitter might do your ego a world of good, but means little to a hiring manager, especially if it’s your frequent #TBT Zante 2008 photos that’s gaining you popularity.
It works much the same with LinkedIn – don’t bulk-mail your LinkedIn connections asking for recommendations. Aim for a realistic number, such as five, from people you worked with closely who will be able to make constructive comments about your experience. And while LinkedIn will allow you to join up to 50 groups, it would be impossible to participate fully in every single one of those, so limit activity to groups where you can make a valuable contribution.
Tall talk gets you nowhere, FAST
The thing about social media, is, it’s social. Unless you’re ensuring you have the strictest of privacy settings, there’s always a chance your posts can be shared and seen by someone else, like your brother’s neighbour’s daughter, who happens to know Mary from Accounts.
Before typing your inner most opinions and thoughts on Mary from accounts, remember the wise words of Bambi’s friend Thumper…
I hate my boss!
There are many reasons to look for a new job, not least because you are not getting on well with your line manager. But think twice before letting your online connections know how you feel about it because it may come back to haunt you…
A staple example would be posting onto Facebook an array of swipes at your boss. Apologies for the strong wording: “They are a witless buffoon who talk an absurd amount of gobbledygook”. An unfortunate occasion may arise when you make a complaint about your boss whilst forgetting you connected with colleagues a while ago. Expect your P45 in the post.
This also does not bode well with recruiters looking at your profile. If you have made your social media available to public viewing expect them to judge you upon your online persona. Though it’s likely that you will at some point face workplace frustrations, blasting them all over a pubic platform does not show professionalism.
Do you wear dog ears to work?
Since we at hr inspire resourcing consider ourselves somewhat social media gurus, once final nugget of wisdom for you…
On our travels through the vast abyss that is social media, we have been coming across a trend that certainly impacts our first impression of you.
There is a time and place to show off your snapchat filtered profile pics but they do not belong on your professional profiles. Your profile picture matters if you want to be taken seriously, and whether you are a senior executive or a new intern, cutesy dog ears do not a professional persona create.
Let’s embrace our unfiltered image and show the real you 😊