Social Networking Sense for Job-Seekers and College Applicants

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Social networking is a powerful tool. Used wisely, it can be a tremendous help to us in today’s busy world. It can help us to keep in touch with our friends and extend our network of contacts. Unfortunately, too often we forget that it can also work against us.

We forget that what we post online is in essence public; even with the best of privacy settings, the information is now out there, and there are those who will repost, hack and otherwise share things that we may not want to become public knowledge. We also forget that those we are working to hard to impress, from college admissions officers and potential employers to the new guy or girl we are hoping to date, are likely to look us up on Facebook or conduct an internet search in order to get to know more about us.

It is essential to know how to navigate the maze of social media applications and options wisely to protect your personal information. The following simple tips can help:

Maximize your privacy settings in order to protect yourself and others who choose to network with you.

Only connect with those you know, either directly or through a common contact. If you are not certain that someone you are trying to connect with will immediately recognize you, then you should include a brief introduction or reminder of how you know them.

Choose to post and share positive, upbeat thoughts and comments. It will make others more likely to want to read your posts and hear what you have to say.

Decide not to vent anger or frustrations publicly using social media. This is not the purpose of social networking and will not lead to positive results for anyone.

Try not to react emotionally to upsetting posts or comments, and allow yourself at least 24 hours to consider the context before you respond. Keep in mind that often the best response to anything negative is simply silence.

Ask yourself before you upload a picture or video if you are willing to risk having this information shared by individuals that you may not know or may not intend to show it to – because in today’s information age, that result is always possible. This is what often happens when a post or video goes viral!

If you have information that you want to share with one specific person – then do exactly that. Social networking is only one way to communicate with your family and friends.