The rise of social networking has created yet another conundrum for the job seeker. Just how much or how little should you share on your Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter accounts?
According to a recent survey conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), only 18 percent of 441 respondents stated that they use social networking sites to screen candidates. Older surveys have reported much higher screening rates, but the trend does seem to be on the decline. The top reasons for this include legal issues and a lack of verifiable information. That said, there are still employers using social media sites to drum up information about you not available simply by looking at your resume.
Are you willing to take the risk? Here are some tips to keep your personal life private:
1. If you have a Facebook, make it private. While this may seem obvious, Facebook is constantly updating privacy settings and allowing you to edit them. If you are going to keep a Facebook account active, monitor these settings frequently and be as restrictive as you can while still sharing with friends and family.
2. Don’t be an oxyMORON: While there are ways to try to make Facebook private, recognize there is no perfect system. Facebook is anything but private. With just a few keystrokes, the world can access information about you. There are no guarantees here. If you choose to post information on Facebook like your deepest personal thoughts or those “girls gone wild” pictures, realize these things could come back to bite you.
3. Maintain a SEPARATE professional identity: There are lots of social networking sites available. Utilize Facebook for your personal life, and take advantage of LinkedIn for your professional endeavors. Resoomay allows job-seekers to easily upload their LinkedIn information into their Resoomay personal profile page, where they can promote themselves through the various social networks they choose.
Anthony Cintron is the President & Chief Technology Officer of Resoomay, a cloud-based pre-screening tool that improves the job search process for recruiters and applicants. Connect with him and Resoomay on Facebook and Twitter.
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