What you say online is often public and can be visible for a long time. It’s important to remember that your online behaviour can have serious consequences for your life and career; the law is still the law – even online.
Social media can be a useful tool in your job search. Many recruiters have hired people because of the positive impression their social media profiles have made. You can also use your social networking activities to actively look for work.
A few extra tips:
Social media creates a written, public record of conversations and events that might otherwise have been private, so there are some pitfalls to be avoided. It can be useful to know the University’s Social Media Policy.
Some things to consider:
Social media makes it easy for people to make mistakes. In particular, watch out for the following:
As social networking sites are very informal spaces, one of their less pleasant aspects is that they aren’t always used in a positive way. Hurtful gossip, snide remarks and active, malicious bullying can occur online – just as they can occur outside cyberspace.
The University has a policy about bullying which equally applies to online bullying.
When you think about what information aboutyou might be on the web, it’s natural for facebook and other social media platforms to spring to mind first. However, there are many other places that such information might appear that you may not have considered. A few examples:
Disable or delete old accounts and remove anything you can that you don’t want other people to see – it might not be possible to remove everything, another reason not to overshare in the first place.
It’s worthwhile checking what information there is about you online, you may be shocked by how much you’re sharing with the world. A simple online search for your name might throw up surprising results. Even for sites or services that are nominally anonymous, it’s often possible to work out someone’s identity from what they say, their username, or a reverse image search.