The modern world is a digital one and whether you’re looking for work or searching for bargains, it’s important to be aware of how you act online.
If you’re looking for a new job, here are a few tips for avoiding common mistakes online.
Check your privacy settings
If you use Social Media, it’s a good idea to check your privacy settings. If you have an open profile then anyone can see what you post, write and share, but if you have a private profile, you can select what people see. For example, if you’ve applied for a new job you might not want your new boss to be able to see pictures of you after one-too-many at last year’s Christmas party as this could give off the wrong impression. Checking your privacy settings is a good habit to get in to.
Be careful what you share
Everyone is accountable for things they share online, so it’s a good idea avoid ranting about work, colleagues, or any other sensitive subjects, as this could have serious implications. Think before you write – if work got hold of an offensive post you’d written, you could get in trouble, not to mention it might put off future employers. Social media in particular is great for keeping people updated and sharing things with friends and family, but try to keep it to more light hearted content.
Check your email address
If you’ve had your email address for a while, chances are it could be something embarrassing like an old nickname. If you’re applying for jobs it’s a good idea to create a new email address which is a little more sensible. The other positive thing about this is that you can create an account which you use solely for job hunting, and can avoid getting any spam or marketing emails to this account.
Make the most of online resources
There are so many great resources online which can help you improve your digital skills. Barclays Life Skills is a great website to look at with loads of great tips and hints on how to become digitally savvy. Make the most of Social Media sites like Linked In to connect with people and keep updated on job opportunities and have a look at all the resources that recruitment sites like Reed offer.