Complaints Don’t Help Your Image
More and more, people are pulling away from their poorly thought out posts on social media. Let’s face it, who wants to be reminded of that Mardi Gras party that left you puking in the street, or exposing yourself to passers by. And with every cell phone doubling as a camera, those moments are likely to be digitally preserved for posterity. And according to Reputation Changer, complaints about what others are finding out about you on Facebook or other social media is a growing concern.
Let’s face it, maybe you were a party animal at an age when it was acceptable. But having that label is not going to help you win friends and influence people. And it could do serious damage when job searching, which is not what you want in this economy. Sure, tossing a few back when out with the gang can serve as a conversational icebreaker, and the photographic proof can attract plenty of likes and comments on your page, but is that how you want to be seen?
When posting something online, how much thought do you put behind it before clicking publish? Like it, or not you reveal more and more information on social media than you can even gauge. You might think there’s no need to worry too much about this, but you can never tell who is going to check your profile, or why.
You may not like it, but it is safe to assume that a potential employer going to check your social media profiles. With that being the case, you may want to make sure that the profiles they check show you as a respectable and trusted individual.
With that in mind, here are a few things to consider while you’re cleaning up your profiles. When using any social media site, it’s best to take the approach that anything you post can potentially be seen publicly. Enacting privacy settings can help, but taking the extra step of not posting bad language, offensive material, or anything else that could be seen as unprofessional is the best approach. In short, if you wouldn’t say something publicly to a group of strangers, avoid posting it online. If you have any second thoughts about whether something will be interpreted as offensive listen to them and don’t post it. Better to be safe than sorry.
This may be a no-brainer, but Googling yourself is the best way to see what information is out on the internet about you. While most people that may be searching for information about you won’t go beyond the first results page, doesn’t hurt to go through the next few pages to see if there are any results that could be damaging. If you find any, try to get them removed so they don’t come forward at an inopportune moment.
If it all seems too daunting, there are organizations out there that focus on managing reputations. By using a company like Reputation Changer, complaints and worries about what information can be found in the cyber world can disappear.