Code of con­duct on­line

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What not to do Maeve Ah­ern O’Neill

Don’t use lazy pho­tos: Your so­cial me­dia head­shot is the first im­pres­sion you give. Use a well-lit shot against a neu­tral back­ground.

Don’t Moan: Make sure what you say on­line is al­ways con­struc­tive, pos­i­tive or both. No­body wants to work with a naysayer.

Don’t over-share: Em­ploy­ers don’t want to see some­body shar­ing ev­ery meal, dog walk and Satur­day night out. They will be con­cerned that your time at work will be spent on your so­cial me­dia chan­nels and a need for so­cial af­fir­ma­tion. Don’t mix per­sonal and pro­fes­sional: One neg­a­tive post can hurt one’s rep­u­ta­tion but con­trol­ling your so­cial me­dia on a reg­u­lar ba­sis should elim­i­nate any bad im­pres­sions.

Top tips for dif­fer­ent so­cial me­dia chan­nels Aoife Porter

Face­book Con­tin­u­ously check your pri­vacy set­tings. Face­book is prob­a­bly your largest net­work and you should con­sider how to use this in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful plat­form in your job search.

Twit­ter Twit­ter is a pro­fes­sional net­work although one where you get to show­case your per­son­al­ity. Fol­low im­por­tant lead­ers in the com­pa­nies and fields you are in­ter­ested in. Check out the #job­fairy and sim­i­lar hash­tags which em­ploy­ers use to pro­mote op­por­tu­ni­ties. Many of the big em­ploy­ers have spe­cific Twit­ter feeds for their Re­cruit­ment sec­tion. ‘Fol­low­er­wonk’ is a use­ful tool to find peo­ple in your tar­get in­dus­try or lo­ca­tion.

In­sta­gram A great chan­nel for vis­ual eye candy, In­sta­gram is Face­book’s Snapchat com­peti­tor thanks to its new “Sto­ries” fea­ture. If you’re look­ing to get in­volved in the cre­ative in­dus­tries, In­sta­gram is a great way to show your vis­ual flair.

Snapchat Re­cruiters are in­creas­ingly us­ing Snapchat to reach au­di­ences who are less ac­tive on Face­book, LinkedIn etc. Find out if your tar­get em­ploy­ers are on Snapchat and fol­low them.

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