How Social Media Networking is Important in Getting & Keeping a Job
Communication, in all its manners, has ultimately been remade with the continuing evolution of technology. The way of communication is not how it was only a decade before with the invention of the Internet eliminating most physical barriers between long distance communication. An aspect of new communitive technology is social media, which has allowed a greater area of communication; from interacting with family far away, finding long lost friends, meeting new people, learning interesting things, and getting important news quickly. Though there is a known dark side to social media, that is all up to the poster themselves, and them dealing with the consequences of their actions. In today’s day and age, technology, including social media, is practically a necessity.
Although the time-tested uses of advertisement such as billboards, newspapers, and signs are still in use, the impact of social media in the workplace is incredibly immense. Major companies, small businesses, and individuals advertise themselves through social media. Companies and other workplaces also make use of social media to consider applicants, and for job applicants to properly advertise themselves. It is well-known that a company or workplace will consider a prospective job applicant’s social media page for reasons such as a background check, what that person is like, and if they would be a good fit for the job itself. Unfortunately, people aren’t always careful of what they say and post on their social media, though freedom of speech is, of course, allowed. However, that doesn’t mean that a person doesn’t have to deal with the consequences of exercising their right to free speech, good or bad. The most familiar con of social media being, the Internet is forever; once you post something, once it is on there, it will stay there.
Modern technology and the use of social media has allowed a wider range of access and information for companies, small businesses to consider job applicants, and for job applicants to look for work. With social media being a quick source of advertisement on someone or something, and information on the person or things. Yet, as with any sort of advertisement, presentation is key.
Although people say not to judge a book by its cover, the point is that we do consider people based on their presentation. That is part of the reason one should dress a certain way during job interviews; either specified in the job application or one should at least look semi-professional if not specified. A person’s social media is also simply a part of their presentation when applying for a job, intentionally or not. Job interviewers will sometimes even access an applicant’s social media before an interview, and then ask possibly embarrassing questions during the actual interview of what you posted, why you posted it, and if you really believe in it or meant it. Or maybe your current boss will call you into their office to speak privately, and question you about why you made such a comment on your social media, especially if it is negative to the business, or to the boss themselves. As well, people can easily print out copies of someone’s social media that they dislike, and hand it over to a job interviewer. People can see what you post and once it is on the Internet, it stays on the Internet. Thus, a single post you make on your social media page can be the difference between a hiring, and a firing.
While there is some controversy over where people can be fired by their bosses over something they post, one should keep several important things in mind in such a situation. The Internet can be unforgiving, public opinion matters, and you need to keep yourself valuable and relevant in any sort of business. Social media allows people to access information quickly, and in turn allows those same people to post their own opinions just as fast, along with sharing what you’ve posted or said. The Internet can be extremely unforgiving to people, as shaming through social media is well-known. Since information is easily accessed, if the post was related to one’s workplace, public opinion about that business will most likely plummet. Business owners generally cannot afford negative public opinion upon them, and so the person who made the post on their social media is longer considered a valuable and reliable employee, but rather a liability the business cannot afford to keep. Public opinions must be soothed if the business is to survive and make a profit, so often the poster is let go from the business.
It is just the same as when applying for a job, it is not uncommon for people is be crossed off to receive a job, because of what they have posted, tweeted, retweeted, or negative comments made on another post on their social media page. When people look through your social media they do it to get an idea of who you are, if you seem a good fit for the job, and if you can conduct yourself properly. While this might not seem ‘fair’ to some people, it is not an actual violation of their privacy as they posted it themselves, and someone’s social media is easily accessed. Really, it is simply a result of modern technology in the world, and is a normal part of job application. If you are fired from one job because of what you’ve posted, or did not receive a job you were applying for, it will follow you. Owners of a business you’re applying for will be curious as to why you got fired, or were not hired, and have easy access to the answer. People can see what you post, once it is on the Internet, it stays on the Internet. So, it’s best to make sure what you post is something that can be well-received by a future boss.