Andy Warhol may have predicted that in the future everyone would be famous for 15 minutes, but he could never have predicted the footprint we leave behind on a daily basis without even being aware of the potential consequences.
Studies have shown that over 75% of employers have searched a candidate’s online presence before making a decision on their selection and that based on this search, over 33 % of candidates were discounted based on their findings.
It all starts with your Social Media name – if it references to your ability to consume copious amounts of alcohol, or your conquests is not a good starting point. Remember the teenager in you will one day grow up and enter the big bad world known as “The Workplace”. Your online presence may well serve as a platform for your potential employer and colleagues to form their first impressions of you. Text speak is not O.K, it should only (if ever) be used to do that, just text! Your posts are a direct reflection of your character. It is also wise to think twice about what terms you agree to, pages you like, as again, there is no going back and the ramifications could be great.
We all have a bad day at the office, or may well go through a tough time in our personal lives, but that does not give us a license to complain about our boss, child’s teacher or a shopkeeper etc. Our rants may well end up being much more than an archive of our mistakes. They could well be the reason we miss out on our next career opportunity.
Our social media accounts are not the place to express extreme views, however inoffensive be believe them to be. Likewise, oversharing is never O.K. Posts of you enjoying a night out with friends, and pictures taken in the moment of intoxicated hilarity, may not always be that funny after all. 1 in 10 people have lost out on a job for this reason alone.
The digital world is there to assist us, and that for the most part is a positive tool. What we must never forget, is that there is no room for forgiveness, we must be in a position to stand over what we say online, and the golden rule… If in doubt, leave it out!
Written by: Laura La’Brooy