What is your social reputation?
Your social reputation is the footprint that follows you through your life and career. Your reputation progresses naturally through your family, your neighborhood, your friends and those you come in contact with virtually and physically.
When physically present with people, you tend to be more aware of their body language and learn to be conscious of the impact your words have on others. In the virtual world, where you can chatter and comment 24/7, it is much easier to thoughtlessly tag on to a comment, or react to rude, offensive posts than it would be in person. You might want to share your latest party trick or grievance with a friend on social media, rather than making a phone call.
Be conscious of the fact that what you share on social media can leak out, even if your settings are friends only; because friends have friends.
Because friends have friends, you can easily expand your positive reputation through social media.
When social media is used responsibly, you can expand your opportunities through social networking.
Expand your opportunities with Social media
Use the 5 B’s of networking to create a positive social reputation.
It takes preparation to create a positive social reputation. Take a few minutes to jot down some things about yourself that you might want to share with others. Create your short and long profile using the Job Search Worksheet, page 3, to plan for what you want to say on social media platforms.
There are a number of platforms for creating a positive social reputation, showing your skills, accomplishments, portfolio, and connecting with people of interest for building your career success. You will need to choose the platforms that are the best fit for your skills, interests, and time. Instagram is gaining popularity, but here we are focusing on Pinterest, Facebook, and Linkedin. Strategy #7 will zero in on Linkedin.
Pinterest is the visual social network for pictures, art, and photos.
Protect your social reputation
You will be surprised at how many employers check your online profile. The more competitive the job, the more likely a company will expect you to check them out, while they are checking you for a fit.
In the article, Keep It Clean: Social Media Screenings Gain in Popularity, contributing writer, Saige Drive explains, “About half of employers – 47% – said they wouldn't call a person for an interview if they can't find them online. More than one-quarter of employers say it's because they like to gather more information before calling a candidate, and 20% say it's because they expect candidates to have an online presence.” Business News Daily, Updated: March 23, 2020.
Nancyjmiller@2020 for Success Unlimited Virtual Job Club
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