Code of conduct online
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.