What does the Web say About You?
The “tracks” you leave on the internet cannot only land you a job, but can cost you that new career. So, what impression are you leaving behind on the internet and social media?
Social media, forums, and other social sites are public domains. Everyone has the right and privilege to visit them to search and research people. After all, it is public information.
Do you come across as a professional, analytical, level-headed, and responsible individual? Or, is the impression left that of an ill-tempered, combative, disrespectful, or a vulgar person with little respect for others? Are the pictures you posted on social media sights in good taste, or distasteful? What about the events you attend, the venues you patronize, or people you hang with? Hang with vulgar and beligerent people, you are guilty by association. It is not unusual for employers to research your friends to learn more about you. You may not like it, but employers know your private life, attitudes, and values will carry over over into their business.
Employers invest big dollars to recruit, process, hire and train a new employee. You cannot blame them for attempting to reduce their risks as much as possible during this process. Using the internet social media to research new recruits is becoming the norm.
So what do you need to do? Manage your online presence. It is easy and takes very little time. Look for maturity and professionalism in your posts. Above all, think before you click that “post” button. Certain things are better left unsaid and “respectfulness” is the rule of day.