Keeping a Low Profile on Social Media

March 28th, 2014

In this day and age, new social media sites are popping up left and right. It’s hard not to want to be a part of each new and exciting thing that comes out. However, the more we’re downloading these apps, the more information we’re disclosing about ourselves to the Internet. It’s important to be in-the-know and keep up with all these new creations coming out, however it’s just as important to keep a low profile. Know what you’re putting up, who can see it and how it could affect you in the long run.

With any social media site, you should always do your research. Know how the site works and what information you’re putting out there for the world to see. Understand the product and what its purpose is before getting too carried away with it. Not every site is for every person, we all use social media differently. Pick and choose the sites that are right for you!

Privacy settings; believe it or not, they exist. They’re constantly changing and it doesn’t hurt to go into your settings every once in a while and make sure you know exactly what information is available to the general public (i.e., potential employers). In the staffing industry, we use sites like LinkedIn quite a bit to get a little more information on candidates. Sometimes it’s nice to put a face to the name of the person we’re communicating with on the phone all the time. It makes the process of recruiting more fun and personable. Simply Googling your name can bring up many different social media sites you may have an account with. Make sure anything we as recruiters can Google will reflect positively on you.

The constant evolution of technology is making everyone more and more accessible both on and offline. Study these new technologies and understand how they work; know how you’re presenting yourself to the Internet. Just remember that once something is posted, it’s always there. The Ctrl+Alt+Delete function won’t work for everything. Have all the profiles you want, but sometimes it’s not a bad thing to just keep a low profile.

– Amy Permoda, Social Media & Staffing Specialist

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