I’ve received some very brilliant advice in my time – some of which I’ve listened to, some of which I’ve ignored… but much brilliant-ness nevertheless. I cannot think of all the good tid-bits I’ve heard; I’m getting old and crusty you see.. Everything is starting to just blend together. However, a good piece of advice I received a little over a year ago came to mind recently, and I really think it’s worth sharing with you, darling reader. You see, the reason I was reminded of it is because I came across someone who had obviously not heard it before. That advice is to be careful how you display yourself online.
Did you know that your social media is public to the world unless you make it not so?
Were you aware that your stamp on the internet could get you into trouble in many respects: ruin getting the job you want, making it into grad school, your potential to go out on that hot date (their friends are going to try and Facebook stalk you, dude).
Watch what you put online!
Millennials are taking over the working world! That means that I am on the team reviewing your job and school applications! I know how to determine if you are a stupid-head: look online!
Yes. I saw your Facebook profile pic where you’re snowboarding nude. I am now going to have to tell my team that per your ‘public online profile’ you appear to lack judgement. Sorry bro. That ain’t smart.
Now look. I’m all for being a dork. I’m all for being yourself on your personal social media. Let other’s know you are a real human with real human flaws, feelings, and problems – that’s a beautiful thing. Let yourself shine!
But there is something called ‘Privacy Settings’, use them, or else I will see your written word rap vids from 2010. And I will judge you. Perhaps wrongfully so; but nevertheless, I’m sure I will – I’m human, I’m flawed.
Facebook has this beautiful thing called a ‘restricted list’. It is wonderful for when you need to be friends with someone you want to keep a strictly professional relationship with — add people to this list and they will only see what you post as ‘public’, not what you post for friends only. I use this so the president of my field’s largest professional organization doesn’t see the picture I posted last week of myself looking cross-eyed at a strawberry; because let’s be real, that’d be a tad embarrassing. I also don’t exactly want my boss to see my selfies from 10th grade… or my patients if they decide to look me up online, talk about loss of rapport!
So anyways, I’m sorry for the rant. I don’t always excel in this area (for goodness sake, look at this blog I have); just salty because I found out a seemingly nice candidate for *** lacks judgement, responsibility, and professionalism. I will now have to red flag him for it; who wants to do that?!? So mean. Ignorance is bliss, what me or your future boss doesn’t know won’t hurt. So keep posting those duck-faced selfies and ‘what celebrity do I look like?’ quizzes, just set up those privacy settings and make sure to add me to your restricted list if I’m going to be reviewing your application for anything 🙂