How to Safeguard Your Social Media Presence When You’re Looking for a Job

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The Internet has revolutionized the way we do things, not least of all our work life, especially in the way we get hired for a job.

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We’ve heard of horror stories over the years of how posting all the wrong things can get you fired. Well it works even when you don’t have a job; you can get dropped like a hot potato by a prospective employer for having an unsavory social media profile.

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That’s because the days of you putting your best foot forward on a perfectly printed piece of paper is done. Recruitment officers and headhunters frequently use social media to look for a good match for vacancies while hiring managers tend to vet applicants on social media prior to hiring them.

The sooner you understand how vastly interconnected our world is, the sooner you’ll understand that every little digital footprint you leave behind can impact you in the long run. Says Mary Anthony Sierras, an instructional technology specialist from Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan in the Philippines, everyone should be aware of their “digital citizenship.”

“We are not even aware that digital footprints can be used against us: like postings, online shopping, the photos we publish or the music we stream,” she says. “Those things are part of digital citizenship. To put it plainly, it is all about safely guarding our actions on the Internet.”

While it’s one thing to practice social etiquette in real life, it’s another to maintain a clean profile on the Internet. The reason is that in life when you make a blunder or a faux pas, people can forget about it after awhile. On social media, what you say and do is maintained and available via a search panel, or your timeline, if you’re not that iffy about what you post and what you allow other people to post.

Suzana Flores, author of “Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives,” declared in a CNBC interview that “privacy on social media networks is an illusion.”

Even if you restrict your friends, followers, or public settings, the nature of social media is such that areas of your life can still get leaked into the public domain. Things like venting out a work-related frustration, responding to a thread or have someone respond to a vague posting on your wall, or having someone tag you in a drunken-fuelled photo.

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