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Reputation management is the primary underlying goal of crisis communicating. I will take this opportunity to look at ways to manage your personal and professional reputation online, focusing on how to present yourself for potential employers.
Social media has become one of the most, if not the most, important aspects of communication in recent years. At any given moment a massive audience is able to see content and messages you post. So how do you know what is safe to post and what to leave out?
This infographic posted by CKsyme Media Group provides a roadmap for making a responsible decision with posting content on social media.
79 percent of job recruiters said they will look at a candidates online presence before hiring and 70 percent say they’ve rejected a candidate due to something they saw online. As a soon-to-be college graduate aspiring for a career in communications, I am constantly looking for information about how I can maintain an admirable reputation for myself on social media.
53 percent of employers said they’ve discarded candidates based on posting provocative or inappropriate pictures online. Guess I’ll have to think twice next time I want to show some skin on Facebook.
The infographic goes on to break down issues regarding drinking and drug use, posting about significant others, slandering coworkers, and posting suggestive song lyrics.
Personally, I struggle with understanding the extent to which I should “clean-up” social media sites. How far back do I have to go in this clean up process? For example, my Facebook activity is of sensible repute as of late. But go back far enough and I still have suggestive pictures from high school most of which involve drinking. I would prefer not to erase those memories from my profile, as they are part of who I am and my past. Will this content cause me to get nixed from a potential position, despite dating back several years? Allie Klein gives good insight into what images should be taken down or at least hidden in her article How to Clean up your Facebook Before You Apply for a Job or Internship, “Ask yourself if you would be comfortable sitting next to your boss as he/she looked at it. If the answer is no, delete.” Fair enough.
The pervasive final criteria for whether or not to post content; will anyone care? I find this to be the most difficult part of creating content. I am constantly piecing together an understanding of what will produce a response with peers on social media. The way I see it, the more information you take in and gaining an understanding of what other people are talking about is key in this search for creating interesting content.
As a quick segue to corporate or brand reputation I will refer to a piece of insight given to me on a recent conference call with TJ Kelly, the Vice President of Digital at Edelman San Francisco. He said that everything you/your company does in the past establishes reputation, everything you do going forward builds trust. This knowledge is especially important in managing the reputation of your company, but is also be useful to your own personal social media strategy.