Employers Getting TOO Into Social Media
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Social networks are an important aspect in our everyday lives. Especially those who are between the ages of 12 - 30. Sadly, those who are between these ages are also looking for jobs. Jobs nowadays are looking beyond just your resume and instead sometimes view your facebook, twitter or linkedin as tools to see if you are as capable outside the workplace, not just in it.
Social media is an excellent tool in getting you hired, but you have to use it effectively. All those drunken pictures of you at your friend's birthday party isn't going to do you any favors (unless you want to get hired at an AA meeting). So what do you someone like your boss adds you on Facebook or Twitter.
First off, it depends on the situation. If your boss is genuinely trying to be your friend, make sure that your boss is okay with a window of your personal life, and tell him or her that your posts are not meant for the office or work. Posts on your facebook should always just stay on your facebook and only accept your boss if he or she is okay with that.
Twitter is a bit tougher, since hiding it means hiding it from everyone and not setting it to private means everyone can see everything.
The best social media site for workers is Linkedin. Refer to Linkedin for your bosses and potential employers, since it charts your resume, previous work, and connections between other companies. Effectively you want to have a linkedin for your work and facebook for your private friends and family.
Finally, never hand out your password to anyone, even your boss or work. Not only is it not a good idea, it's also illegal. As a precaution, never hand out your password.
The world of social media is growing, and pretty soon everyone and their grandma will have a facebook or twitter. Just make sure that grandma sees what you want her to see. Same goes for work. If you are going to add coworkers and bosses, privacy options will help you filter what they see.