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Social Media and Your Job
We had some good news last week about the use of Social Media by recruiters and hiring managers in your job search. A bill was signed into law that protects your social media passwords and information during interviews and at the workplace. This means that employers, hiring managers, and recruiters are not permitted to ask for your social media passwords as part of your job application or your work, and you do not have to give up your social media password information or “friend” your managers to provide access to your social media content if you are asked (you are protected by law). However, the bill does not protect your social media content if you are part of an internal company investigation for leaking protected company information (so don’t share proprietary information!). In light of this new rule and continued use of social media in hiring and recruiting, here are some tips to keep you in the clear:
Clean up your content. While this law is designed to protect your privacy, there are still many circumstances in which others can access your personal information on social media without you granting access or knowing who’s viewing your content. So go through all of your social media accounts (including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, and any others) to remove content that you’d be embarrassed by if a professional in your field were to see it.
Add some professional content. After you’ve removed photos, links, or comments that might have a negative impact on your professional image, you should make sure that some of your social media contributions are professional in nature, to build your professional brand online. Get a LinkedIn account and fill in your professional details, follow professional pages in your field on Facebook, post about activities or projects you’re working on related to the type of work you’d like to be doing, and comment thoughtfully on blogs or posts related to your professional interest. Adding in professional content helps people see you as a competent professional in your field.
Think strategically about your use of social media. It can be tough to keep on top of multiple platforms, especially if you’re active in many. Be mindful of how you use each of your social media sites, and come up with some guidelines for yourself about how you will use them and how that relates to your personal and professional life. Think about how you want to use social media and how you might be perceived in each platform, and this can help you make decisions when you are tempted to post, not post, add someone to your network, or not.
Do use social media. Social media is definitely part of the recruitment process most of the time, it is an important part of building your professional network, and is key to making yourself a known entity in your field and will contribute to your success. Curate your content and think about what you share, how you share, and who you share with, but the bottom line is do participate. Use social media to your professional advantage!
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