So you’ve decided after much consideration that your job is not for you – for some reason, you’re not loving life at work any more and are looking for a shiny new opportunity – but wait – before you set off to start trawling the job sites online and pounding the streets, knocking doors down to hand deliver your C.V. – did you know that you need to consider your online presence?
Companies nowadays are utilising services like FAMA to help them check your online presence and learn about you prior to setting up an interview – it saves Human Resources Departments no end of time and drops an otherwise (in some cases) laborious task of social media screening in the hands of professionals.
Most of us have an online presence of some kind nowadays, here’s a few things to consider online when job searching…
They’re not the best, professional representation of yourself to a new employer and more often than not, potentials will check you out online prior to interview. I know, I know, your Facebook profile is a private and much loved entity, but it says a lot about who you are, so be aware.
POSTING DRUNK PHOTOS
Anything that might make your beloved Mother blush is probably a no-no online (but you knew that anyway), So try to keep it tasteful.
POST INSENSITIVE COMMENTS
If we are to learn anything from the News at the moment, it should be that you should never post anything online that you wouldn’t be prepared to print off in foot-high letters and display on the front of your house – silly comments can come back to haunt you, so be careful. That goes for making derogatory commemts about your previous/current employer and colleagues too – this will only ever been seen in a negative light and make you look like you have a bad attitude.
DON’T POST DURING YOUR WORKING DAY
Posting on Facebook/Instagram etc while you’re at work is a big no-no. It’s blatantly obvious and any employer checking you out will undoubtedly question whether you’ll add value to their business or not if they can see you posting at 10am on a Monday.
SORT YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS
You should have decent privacy settings anyway, but now is a great time to check them – if you really can’ help yourself, make sure you set your profiles visibility so that the context can only be viewed by your chosen audience.
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