Using Social Media: To ruin your life…
Ok, that’s a bit dramatic but it really is pretty easy to mess up your chances for a lot of great opportunities. Even if your social profiles are for personal use, let’s take a look at a scenario.
You get laid off. You need to find a job. You set up an interview with a company for next week.
The person doing the interview decides to do a little digging to see what he/she can find on you, which is much more common than you think. So this person opens up their favorite browser, types your name into the search box and …. wow.
A cold beer in your left hand, spilling on your pants (maybe too much to drink?) and the middle finger of your right hand extended at the camera. Don’t feel bad. Judging by how low your eyelids are, you probably didn’t notice which finger it was.
“I hate my boss. He’s such a …”. A simple status update. That’s one of the more tame status updates. Most of the other ones have words that I shouldn’t re-type in this post.
“Oh yeah, well … you!” Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself. You just can’t let somebody go online and talk bad about you. You have to let them know that you will drive to their house and kick them in the face, right? Hells yes AND you have to do it online so nobody else tries the same thing. Who cares if a potential future boss reads that, right?
“Look at Sheila, she’s so drunk! LOL! What a stupid…”. Hey, it’s not me in the picture so I don’t mind posting it. Oh, Sheila won’t mind. If she does, I’ll take it down. If I remember. LOL, look at her though… seriously, she was hammered.
Yeah, so, I have this really itchy spot on my (insert body part here). It kinda smells too. Should I go the doctor? Has anybody else ever had something like this?
What do you think your interview is going to be like now?
You can walk into that interview in your best suit and have no idea that the person interviewing you (if you don’t get a call telling you the position was filled) is thinking about your smelly rash or how much you seem to drink on the weekends. This person is wondering if you’ll throw a co-worker under the bus like you did Sheila, whose picture is still up by the way.
You’re not competing for the job anymore. Now you’re competing to prove to this person that you won’t fly off the handle if a situation goes awry in the office. Unless they hate the boss too, they have to wonder if you’re going to post negative comments about the boss or worse, the company. If you’re lucky enough to still get the interview, it’s most likely because of HR and avoiding lawsuits for not canceling on you.
By the way, I used those examples based on real scenarios. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.
If you’re using Social Media, please keep in mind that you should post based on presenting yourself as positively as you can. There are people out there who will stumble onto your profile, either intentionally or not. Social media is a great way to share your everyday happenings. Just make sure to share the right happenings.Tweet