CNN.com posted a great article by Mike Hargis, CareerBuilder.com, Social networking do’s and don’ts, which provides some valuable information about your online profile and whether it will get you hired or fired.
It is clear that hiring managers are checking out the online profiles of potential candidates and studies show the information is an influence on their decision to hire or not to hire. Although job qualification is reported as their top priority, controversial information, such as drinking, drugs or inappropriate photographs could very likely eliminate you from consideration.
A recent blog, Use Common Sense When Sharing Online Information, was written after the reported news of Virgin Atlantic firing 13 employees for criticizing the company and their customers on Facebook. Yes, there is plenty of evidence that your online profile can get you fired!
Here are just a few tips provided by Mike Hargis, vice president of customer care at CareerBuilder.com on the dos and don’ts for social networking sites:
- Do update your profile regularly
- Don’t badmouth your current or previous employer
- Do join groups…selectively
- Don’t forget others can see your friends