How are you perceived Online?
Whilst the progress has been an overall benefit, there are some unforeseen snags to the unwary.
Take yourself back to the old days of business; you had a business card, you met someone face to face in an office or in a nice hotel, you even got to post or fax a professional letter branded to suit all your prospective customers (with careful proof reading and countless last minute revisions conducted before sending). Lots of time and care was taken to make that positive impression and get your message across before you turned up to interview. This process has been stripped of its formality and sped up exponentially.
Now there are added layers to be considered.
It is important to exercise control over your social media output and it is vital to use the privacy settings many of these platforms now allow. WRS Tech has also seen in the past defunct and unused social media (anyone remembers Myspace?) come back to haunt a well-qualified candidate…
Another common tripping point comes at the Interview stage when using a non-traditional communication methods (read Skype and Viber).
Put yourself in this situation, from the other side of the equation ….
Email address - make sure it is appropriate
Have a serious think about how other people see you professionally before you give out your ID, or email address – make sure it is appropriate, relevant, and an ID or email that can be easily recognized as yours would be my advice.
What may be a giggle to one person may be the reality of a lost opportunity with the employer you always dreamed of – some things just need to be kept private, and some professions that’s the way it is.
Often Emails and Skype accounts have been set up to contact loved ones and friends whilst oversees or at other end of the country. For the sake of the 5 minutes its sets to set up a professional appearing email or account name it really is a no brainer and becomes part of any professional candidates tool kit.
Be sure that you are perceived in the right way, and that then lets you do all the talking.