Did you know that in as little as 10 minutes of browsing through your Facebook profile that an interested person can predict how you’ll perform in the workplace? Yes, this concept was recently presented in a new study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Therefore, it’s a fact of life today as Facebook gains more importance in the recruitment process that more and more employers are reviewing Facebook profiles when screening potential new hires. Some employment agencies are actually offering this service to employers, calling it social media screening. Moreover, a Jobvite study shows that more than 22 million Americans used social networks to find their most recent position and a total of 18.4 million Americans, have credited Facebook as the source that led to their current job.
No differently than you would expect from a live social engagement it’s of paramount importance to understand that when it comes to social media … there is no second chance to make a good impression and more so your digital impression may last a lifetime. If your profile isn’t set in privacy mode, you must make sure to present yourself on Facebook in the most employable light even though you may not be seeking employment at this time. Even your current employer, customers, and vendors may be looking into who you are and how you behave socially.With that in mind, here are some tips for using Facebook to advance your career:
Social media has created a new model for human interaction and meeting the right people has never been so easy. With the ever increasing number of social networks feeding off of each other, the possibilities are exponentially increasing for an innocent oversight to become a permanent part of your professional profile and personal brand image. Google plus, another growing platform to be considered in the recruitment and job searching process, will be discussed in Part 3 on this subject - coming soon.
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