Image reference : (Hay, A, 2014)
Before I got to work on this given topic, I perceived having an authentic professional profile as a necessity as recruiters are now going digital in a big way to hire, to save cost while maximising exposure. It did not occur to me that one can have an online presence in different sites, showcasing the different aspects of his attributes, and still be counted as authentic. Neither did I know that authenticity is now a factor used by many, to judge an online character. This was highlighted by Brenden, where he shared that a study has revealed that for the technology industry, 1 out of 5 interviewees had been been rejected because of their social media profile
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Upon reading my classmates blogposts, I have learnt that I need to exercise caution on what I post online even if I were to exist as different personalities on different sites or blogs as tracking is now possible. When authenticity of profile is a question mark to the tracker, the consequences can be damaging. On the other hand, to me, it is fair assessment when the selection process does not stop at assessing one’s credentials posted online when followed through by a background check
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In 2012 , “92% of recruiters mentioned that they have inculcated social networking as part of their strategy.” (Soundberg,2012).
The importance of having a social media site also hit me. With the shift and greater reliance on social networking sites as a search engine for recruitment, employers are now increasing their visibility online. Similarly, this means that the avenues to attract the attention of the potential employers are also online.
In conclusion, social media, on the surface, might appear to be a fun platform . Even frivolous at times. But it has a serious side. It can lead to one’s downfall if he does not manage his online conduct appropriately.
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