These days there are a lot of different ways to connect with people online, of course that also means being vigilante over what information you share with which networks, whether you are a graduate looking for your first job, or an experienced candidate.
First you need to make sure there are no contacts on each social network you would not wish to see your updates, for example not having work connections on Facebook. This is vital to ensure your professional front facing profiles remain as such and allows you to control what is seen by would-be employers.
With personal social media accounts you need to ensure your privacy settings show minimal information. All major sites will have a dedicated privacy area within their account settings to allow you to control how much unconnected individuals can view on your profile.
Things to remember:
- Make sure your profile picture is hidden to anyone outside your networks, as well as any other photographs on your account
- If you do have a current employer then share that publicly, as it shows a consistency of experience already marked on your CV.
- Interests and ‘likes’ are not visible, this goes for anything you post to respective network ‘walls’.
- Do not share links to twitter profiles if you have one, and ensure your twitter profile does not have your full associated name or company name if you do not wish for it to be taken in the same vane as your other social media profiles.
- Set up your privacy settings to allow you to control what others ‘tag’ you in and therefore what appears on your public and networked profiles. This will help protect your profile from employer’s and ensure you control what is shared externally during the job application process.
- Think before you post anything onto social media. Could it be taken wrongly, or is it controversial? If so, don’t post it. Although something may be taken in good humour by friends or family, it may not be by a future employer.