What does this mean for sites like Workopolis and Monster? They are still a primary source for recruiting but new hires increasingly are coming from site searches in places like LinkedIn, Facebook and even Twitter.
What does this mean for anyone posting information to a personal profile, a discussion group, or fan page in Facebook or other popular public social networking sites? If employers are finding new hires through personal pages online, those pages need to present individuals in a professional manner.
When HR or recruiters come calling what will your social networking profile say about you? Here are 7 points to ponder.
- Are you professional?
- Can you be trusted to act responsibly?
- Does your profile reflect positively on you and therefore the organization that hires you?
- Are you sharing information or joining groups where what you say and contribute could reflect badly on you?
- Do you have pictures on your site that demean you?
- Are your Tweets and Wall postings fatuous or a positive reflection of your work ethic and values?
- Are you linked to friends and associates that positively reflect who you are and who you know?