If you’ve looked for a new job in the past few years, you’ve likely gotten advice about managing your social media profile during your search. But how you manage your online persona after you land that job can be just as important, and experts say new hires can make the mistake of forgetting what they’ve learned about social media and its impact on their careers.
“Many job seekers go into lockdown mode, especially on Facebook, once they enter the job market,” says David Boykin, a human resources specialist in Augusta, Georgia. “Once they secure a job, many make the mistake of reverting to a free-for-all approach on social media.”
Unfortunately, that free-for-all approach can actually have wider implications for an employee than a job seeker, says Boykin. A job seeker’s social media faux pas may cost him or her an interview opportunity, but a similar mistake by an employee can cost the person a job. Thankfully, there’s a lot of overlap between how job seekers and employees should conduct themselves on social media, so it shouldn’t be hard to maintain an online persona without endangering your job.