There was a time when the employers would only look at the resume and interview results then you are hired. However, things have changed since the introduction of social media networks. Many people can now get shut down on their job interviews or simply lose their job for what they do on social media. As much as it is your personal life, at some point it will start affecting the company. That is something that most recruiters would not want. So, how do you behave professionally on social media?
Posting comments to a certain post or story is a common thing to do, but some comments might just be to the extreme. You have to share comments with other people that you might feel comfortable if your boss or clients see them. Some people are likely to use abusive language while commenting. Remember not to use a language that will keep people talking about your manners online. It is always good to re-read the comments before posting them. If you are going to disagree with someone about certain context online, ensure that it is a good disagreement. If you cannot maintain your cool, it is better to avoid joining the argument in the first place.
It is common to see people commenting about their work on social media sites. It is not a bad thing to congratulate a colleague for a promotion, but do not go into the specifics. Some people love to have their life remain private. It is the same thing when you win contracts and the first thing is to boast online. Some clients will not be happy to see you mentioning them everywhere about the contract. Things have to remain simple in order for the client to see you as a professional. You might not get more contracts in the future if you continue with such boasting behavior. The worst thing to do is complain about your work online. The company must have a human resource department that can help you get the help on the complaints that you might have.
Social media sites are known for being a place where most people come to share photos and videos. There is nothing wrong with sharing photos online, but are they worth seeing by other people. Do not always post photos of yourself half-naked online. It will spark some negative attitude towards your professionalism. Starting from the profile photo, select carefully a nice photo like you participating in a family event or a simple portrait of you. People do not want to see your party side online.
Here are some other pointers on how to behave professionally on social media sites
i. Ensure that your posts are grammatically correct. Do not just post for the sake of posting.
ii. You do not always want to accept friend requests from people you do not know. Some people might become a bother later on.
iii. Share links to information that might be helpful to people on the social media sites.