by Randall CraigFiled in: Blog, Make It Happen Tipsheet, New Job, Social MediaTagged as: Control, Potential, Risk Management
Just about everybody has heard about Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. Avid users talk about connecting with family, networking with past colleagues, and meeting new contacts.
Social media sites allow this to happen, and much more. You can post photos, blogs, status updates, job history, family relationships, event listings, and just about anything you can imagine. The more you post, the more “value” that you give your connections. Family can see their pictures. Your professional connections can see your credentials. And recruiters, researchers, HR professionals, and your boss can see this too.
The question is, do you want them to? And if the answer is yes, how do you mitigate the risk, avoid embarrassment, avoid being disqualified from an opportunity.
Here are some suggestions:
So what can you do about these and other issues?
Pretend that you are a prospect, client, recruiter, supplier, or business partner. Look at your own LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media profiles through each of their eyes. Are there any red flags that may cause concern or signal risk? If so, then follow the strategies above to mitigate your risk. You will want to expose enough of yourself to add value… but not so much that you risk disqualifying yourself from opportunities that others might bring to you.
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