Monday, August 12, 2013

Be careful with your updates

I ran across an article about a study that showed social media updates can cause you to lose, or not get, a job. The latter is more disconcerting because it means you often have no idea why you didn’t get a job. Were there better candidates, or was is something you did.

To be fair, I think some of these are silly, and that teachers, or people working with children, seem to be held to a higher standard. However if a job has a higher profile, then there are higher risks with those “fun” pictures that might be socially risqué.

Note that I’m not judging or telling you that you can’t enjoy life, but be careful about what you share on the Internet. Just as your words reveal something about how you think and communicate, your images do the same thing.

Build a professional image that conveys professionalism, and use a separate place to communicate with friend and share those fun things. Note that sharing doesn’t need to be public. More and more I’m thinking that sharing among groups, and not the Internet overall, is a better move for the future. Some social media sites allow this, if you configure things. Defaults are not good.

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