CRUISE CAREER COACH: SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOU

CRUISE CAREER COACH: SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOU

Social media is a great way to network with those you know. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are invaluable with keeping in touch and sharing info with friends and colleagues. However, employers and potential employers often check your presence on social media. Is what you’re posting what you want them to see? Do you like what you see when you Google your name? Here are two great tips in managing your online reputation.

Get rid of the negative.

Many potential employers run a Google check on your name as part of the interviewing process. So take a good look at your social media accounts, reading past messages for anything that might appear negative. Are your photos, comments, opinions and rants something you’d want everyone in the world to access? While you can remove a lot of content and photo tags you’re not necessarily proud of, sometimes you just can’t. Be prepared to explain any questionable content. And, going forward, post content reflecting your best self — let the positive outweigh the negative.

Privacy, please.

Check your privacy settings. Make sure that only the people you have accepted as friends can see what you post on Facebook or similar social media. And keep things strictly within the group. Even then, don’t post anything you don’t want to come up in an interview — you never know who knows whom, and a friend of a friend of a friend may see that nasty comment you made or photo of you behaving outrageously.