A Facebook profile tells a lot about the person’s personality. It only takes a few ‘likes’ for your post to be seen by people unknown to you. Since there is no way to control the reach of your posts, as a working professional, you have to be careful about what you post on Facebook. Here are 10 things you need to be careful about:
Be mindful of what you post. A post about how you agree with the anti-Indian slogans or side with a particular political party may not be appreciated. Your colleagues, boss and clients will take notice of it and some of them may not appreciate it.
Is it worth it?
Not able to maintain a healthy work-life balance? Posting about it on Facebook will do you more harm than good. Your HR ‘friend’ aka colleague may see it. Next time there is a promotion or an opportunity for a new project, they might not consider you, as you’re not able to handle the day-to-day workload. Is it really worth it?
Make way for the boss
Just left your boss’ chamber, frustrated? In the heat of the moment don’t post about the incident on Facebook. Not only will everyone at work know about it, but you may also have to hand in your resignation by the end of the day!
Turn down for what
You don’t want to get turned down for your hobbies, ‘likes’ and check-ins on your FB page! So avoid liking any inappropriate pages. You don’t want to be turned down by your future employer for a ‘like’!
What do you mean?
Keep your language clean. On a channel where text is the medium, tone is often misunderstood. Your post can get interpreted in different ways. It’s extremely unprofessional to use curse words and improper language on social media pages. These days your Facebook profile is a résumé in itself.
Me, myself and I
Posting every 10 ten minutes about your personal life, when you are at work, shows your boss and colleagues how focused you are on the job. So, avoid posting statuses or pictures frequently while you’re at work. You can do that on your way back home.
‘Cause I’m on top of the world
Landed a big client? Bragging about your professional achievements on Facebook may appear arrogant, and may also cause distress to your co-workers. Especially, if it’s a team effort and you’re stealing all the spotlight.
We can’t emphasize on this enough! Complaining about your work life on a social platform is a red flag. There are always many takers for your job. So, do NOT vent about your work hours, office space, commute, salary, colleagues or boss on Facebook.
Hello, from the other side
Don’t keep your page public. You don’t want unknown people peeping into your personal space. Change your privacy settings to keep your Facebook profile private. It gives you control over who can view your profile, including your future boss.
Haven’t accepted your team members as your ‘friends’ on Facebook yet? They will get the hint and leave you alone. However, it may leave you behind at work. Remember, you have to stay on good terms with your co-workers to get to the top of the ladder. To avoid such a situation, add them and change your privacy settings on Facebook so that they can only see what you’re comfortable sharing with them.
Social media is a fun and easy way to keep in touch with friends and family. Sadly, Facebook is no longer a completely informal platform. Your ex-employer and your future employers are also on Facebook. Use it to showcase your personality in its best form, like you would do in an interview.
No matter which field you are in, marketing, HR or finance, your potential employer is likely to glance through your Facebook profile to know more about you. You don’t want to give them all the details. Like we said earlier, your Facebook profile is your unofficial résumé, so make sure it doesn’t come in your way of landing a job.