Many of us had the advantage of committing most of our really stupid behavior before the days when everyone at, say, a keg partyÂ had the abilityÂ to record and publish said misdeeds. There are lots of stories of people losing opportunities for jobs because of inappropriate material posted on social networking sites. In a well-publicized case, someone lost an opportunity after tweeting â€śCisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.â€ť Someone noticed it and responded â€śWho is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.â€ť
On the other hand, having an impressive social media presence can be a huge asset for a job seeker. For example, being LinkedIn to important people in the field or people with buying authority builds oneâ€™s gravitas, regularly retweeting interesting articles makes one a useful resource, even clever Facebook updates give an insight into one’s creativity and personality. A good social media presence also improves traditional resume fodder, Â a hyperlink to â€śplease visit my blogâ€ť is better than â€śexcellent written communication,â€ť and â€śI am proud of the recommendations on my LinkedIn profileâ€ť is so much better than â€śreferences available on request.â€ť
Have you experienced any social media snafus?