One of the most popular trends in technology is the social networking websites. There are over one hundred of these sites. Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have become some of the most popular.
Young people ignited the trend for social networking sites and may have the habit of adding information, videos, or photos on these sites that would compromise their desirability. Keep your comments on the same standard as your letter of inquiry. Expect the company will do a search on you that will make or break your success in being hired. Review your posts and ask yourself “Would I show this to my Grandmother?”
After extensive research to package yourself as the best hire possible, why throw all your hard work down the drain with a picture of you doing something compromising? Remember, there is no such thing as privacy on the internet and your prospective employers are savvier than you think.
Beyond the cautions of the social networking sites, you can and should use them to your advantage. Videos and photos add to your presentation. If you have a website that showcases your skills, by all means, publicize it. If you do not have a web site you can get a page at the more professional social networking site, LinkedIn. There you can add material that will market you for your next job.
Finally, manage information about you that may be on other people’s sites. Do a search of yourself and update anything that is not accurate or flattering.