Social media is a great tool for young professionals to grow their influence and even land that great job. Young professionals especially feel that they are close to that one opportunity that would make them influential. But that never happens for most people. However, it is often difficult to create a personality that people can love and respect deeply and this is often linked to what they do on social media. Here are some top 10 things you should never do on social media if you want to build that fascinating career.
1. Complaining about your work and colleagues
Your boss would probably take on another job if it was offered her/him. So, if you think that you need a change of jobs, you may not be alone. Everyone wants better pay and higher incomes. It is a well-known fact that most people are unsatisfied with their current jobs but people who admit this may be unable to get a new job or even keep the one they have complained about. Never badmouth your boss or organization on social media.
2. Too generous with information
Young professionals must learn how to draw a clear line between their personal lives and all their social media lives. Sharing too much information includes posting about a personal event like a party you were in, a hangover or nudes. It is not a good idea to share information about your plans, future travels and schedules. Stuff like your home address, phone number and other personal info could make you vulnerable to stalking, attacks or even worse.
Information from work should be considered sacred and only shared with the full knowledge of your supervisors. While most people do not work in the Secret Service, a lot of our experiences in the workplace could be considered confidential. People who grow rapidly in their careers learn to control what they share and with whom.
3. Keeping up with the negativity
Life is tough and while most people want to see things change for good, it is not a good practice to keep sharing only negative information on social media. The reason we like influencers is because of the positive messages they share. If you make more negative posts all the time, people just think that you are a whiner and this will not help your professional career either.
4. Leading or contributing to Controversy online
There are a thousand and one things that people argue about online. The most prominent among these are religion, culture, politics and values. Young professional must embrace universal values that respect diversity and common interests. Hence, any ideas you may have that promote discord between persons should be kept away from your timeline. The key reason is that the aim of every young professional is to become a global brand. This implies that your future clients and colleagues are people from various backgrounds, cultures, nationality and religions. You don’t want them thinking that you perceive them poorly and have misconstrued ideologies about them. It is best to stay clear of any controversies online.
5. Seeking the attention of Influencers aggressively
On such platforms as Linkedin, it is easy to locate top CEOs and people who have accomplished great things in their field of work. It is often experienced that young professionals send personal messages in the hopes of getting a job. Seek to know the person first, then build up the conversation. If they like you, they will make an offer. Sincerely, there are a thousand messages to respond to when you are an influencer and one way to know which ones to skip is when an unfamiliar person wants a job. Recruitment often has a procedure; every professional must respect that. If you have been in an interview, do not make contact with your interviewer on social media. There is a thin line between unsolicited personal messages and cyberbullying. Some professionals go on to call these influencers out on social media for not responding to these unsolicited messages. Please, never do that!
6. Illegal Actions
It may be in your best interest to stay crime free at all times. Our past histories will always resurface sometime in the future to mess with us. An example is the story of Judge Bret Kavanaugh. At the peak of his career, a story from his past came back to life. We know he is not guilty! (Think about this, if innocents can be accused, what about the guilty?) The point is that if you keep a clean slate, there wont be much to worry about. Please if you ever did a thing that would get you in trouble, even if it’s a minor offence that only attracts a warning; never post to brag about it or defend it.
7. Posting actively during Work hours
For the sake of both current and future jobs, do not make frequent social media posts at a time you are supposed to be working. Every post has a timestamp and this can help future recruiters or even your current employers to know if you have been making the best use of their time.
8. Being a Social Media Ghost
Social Media Ghosts have no internet presence at all. If you did not show up on a google search of your name, then you may have a problem. To grow your career in today’s world, a young professional must grow their internet presence. Do not forget that social media is the new CV.
9. Using inappropriate language
Young professionals must show leadership in how they communicate and what they communicate. The grammar is still important and every written expression must use the best professional language. Mind the slangs and lingos. They may not support the future career that you want to build.
10. Keeping an untidy and incomplete profile
Social media (Linkedin) is the new Curriculum Vitae and many employers now choose to review Social Media Profiles rather that look at actual CVs. They want to see how much you engage with the online community. Therefore, your profile must be up to date at all time. Every new accomplishment must be reported. It helps if you have recommendations from influencers with whom you have worked.
Those are the ten (10) things young professionals must avoid on social media. What do you think about them? Did you find the post useful? Please leave a comment and show some leadership on social media by sharing this useful article with your networks.
Michael is a Project Manager with years of experience in nonprofits and managing startups. He shares what he has learnt over time with like-minded persons. He gives classes to persons who plan a future in the nonprofits sector or as entrepreneurs.