In professional life, social networks are increasingly being consulted by employers who wish to obtain information about a candidate or an employee. The “digital” reputation of a person is acquiring more and more importance in the world of work. So be careful what you post and say on the internet, particularly if these publications can be accessed by everyone.
When the day comes when you want to apply for a job, you certainly don’t want your potential employer to be able to see the photographs of the mega-party your mates organised for your sixteenth birthday. Your antics were certainly very funny, but not for a potential employer. So don't post just any pictures and above all check who can access them. And bear in mind that other people can take your posts and re-post them, but this time without you having any control over them.
Finally, differentiate between social networks which make your CV available and those which are private. Once again, check who can access what. Your future employer will place confidence in what he finds on the internet. Your “digital” reputation is a selection criterion; it is up to you to present a good image of yourself.
- Avoid publishing certain photographs on social networks. Contexts change, but photographs remain on social networks permanently. If you really want to share them, consider who can access this information - before you regret it.
- Also, pay attention to the “tags” which identify you on photographs. If you are not careful, your name may be associated with a photo which you did not want to make public.
- You can also use platforms for swapping photos which are "time-limited" or encrypted (e.g. Snapchat or Wickr). But do take care, because in spite of the additional safety provided by these platforms, content can still be copied and shared whether you want this or not.