Social media and your career – a blessing or a curse?

I’ve blogged in the past about the benefits of social media for researching career areas and finding work experience and job opportunities. The Careers Service also has a page on its website devoted to using social media to further your career. It’s a brilliant resource for networking, finding opportunities, researching career paths, developing your own career.

At this year’s PPLS alumni evening, many of the recent PPLS grads speaking about their careers to date talked about the positive role social media and networking had played in helping them to get where they are now.

However, one grad also spoke of her surprise at just how much research her employer wanted her to do into applicants’ online presence when she was helping out with recruitment, and issued words of warning.

‘Keep your social and professional media channels separate, and be very mindful of your privacy settings, and what you post, on whatever channel’.

This echoes the feeling of  advertising professional Prashant Yadave of the agency Karmarama, speaking to The Independent newspaper,

‘Even before they make it into high-profile positions people need to start consciously deciding why and how they plan to use a social network,”

Otherwise your social media presence can come back to haunt you, as highlighted very recently in the case of Paris Brown.

If you think your social media profile may benefit from a spring clean, you’ll find some suggestions on how to do that at the bottom of the article relating to Paris Brown, and you can use the Tweet Delete app http://www.tweetdelete.net/  to delete your old tweets automatically after a certain period of time – a week, two weeks, a month, two months, three months, six months or a year, whatever suits you best.

So think before you post – and make sure your online profile works in your favour, and can’t come back to haunt you.

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