If you are a job-seeker or wish to change your job & even if you are expecting recruiters to call you unexpectedly, you will have to take care of your profiles over the web.
JOB, everyone dreams about getting a good job… and for that study hard, do certifications, attend personality development classes and what not… But there is a major aspect in day to day life which you might tend to miss while busy trying to stand out from the crowd to be noticed. It is your own personality over the “internet”. Since interview processes give a very small time window to assess the individual’s capabilities and alignment to the organisation’s values and culture,getting to know them a bit more personally helps.“Social media searches give insights into aspects of the candidate that are not normally mentioned on their resumes. However, not everything of the web can be trusted.“It is also important to realise that the social media profiles of individuals are channels of self-expressions. They cannot be taken as formal documents of submission for review. Sometimes, some information needs to be deliberately ignored in order to ensure that the decision isn’t discriminatory in nature. The search can be conducted by the HR and a report highlighting the red flags can be submitted to the person who will make the final decision.What can constitute as a red flag? 1) drug references; 2) defamatory speech towards the company/customers; 3) a high volume of status updates,which could signal a lack of productivity at work and 4) explicit photos – to name a few. “The hirers may want to make sure that they will not be exposed to litigation/embarrassments by hiring persons who are prone to exhibiting highly deviant behaviour on social sites.
The search is generally a step-wise procedure which generally consists of the following:
- Candidate’s full name is searched on Google.com/Yahoo.com – Basic Search Engine search
- Google generally generates, the links to the profile over social networking websites – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, BlogSpot, Digg, WordPress, Orkut etc.
- Facebook settings, if not private, may expose almost all the content on your profile. – Facebook Assessment over the kind of social circle you maintain & posts from you
- Twitter is open to all on a maximum note & whatever you generally tweet about, counts. – Watch what you write, it might get assessed
- LinkedIn profile should be up to date and should match your Resume also. – First cross-check is here
- Blogspot/Wordpress or other blog-profiles are closely watched for the type of content you write about. – Blog is a clear representation of what kind of attitude you carry in life.
- What kind of links are you looking & sharing go up on the digg! – Share with safety
After doing a thorough research, the above data is again reviewed for the generic things like, pictures, links, videos, audio’s(if any), volume of activeness, awareness of the social market. It can be sometimes hard on your career, if you are quite frank in expressing yourself over the web but on the other hand it can sometimes, increase your chances. It completely depends upon the person, who is judging you. Of course, these profiles are not the final sayer’s in the decision making but they effect it by more than 50%.
So, effective today, stay focused, stay in a closed group, stay calm on social issues, give your opinion with a disclaimer and most importantly, take care of the pictures which you are posting. Below picture can explain much of the things, if you think it makes you look cool, having your profile over everything, please, watch it, it might eat you up.