“Candidates need to be aware of their social media footprint’ when applying for jobs.”– Andrew Brushfield, 2011
At the risk of sounding repetitive, we’re back with a quick follow-up to Rules of Engagement. Don’t worry, it’s short and to the point and you’ll thank us soon enough – preferably in the form of monetary donations towards the ‘mrmorris86 needs a Macbook Pro’ fund 🙂
Being young and socially savvy (check out all the pretty new icons on our contact page :-)), we’ve been getting familiar with the latest social ranking system, Klout [click here for a full run-down], this has included a few sneak peeks at their official blog. This week we stumbled upon something we thought you’d find useful:
I subscribe to my own “P.T.B” rule. I don’t post or share anything that I wouldn’t show or say to the face of my Parents, Teachers, or Bosses. – Joseph Teegardin
While Joseph is a social media professional, the practice applies across the board. Be it Marketing, Finance, Politics (if this is your chosen profession, personally I’d think it safer to stick to pencil, paper and a rubber), IT or Teaching, the message is the same; Think before you hit the “share” button!
“More than a third of bosses say they check potential employees’ Facebook profiles before offering them a job.”– Sky News Online, May 2011
If you’re reading/watching/listening to something that you’d think twice about bringing up at an interview or at the dinner table, don’t share it on a public profile. It seems annoying to have to censor yourself but that’s for you to weigh up the pros and cons. Personally, I’d gladly trade posting a video of a man eating a live chicken (ACTUAL video :-S) for my ideal graduate job.