SOCIAL media lets us share our lives with all and sundry – including our bosses.
Online profiles have become a second CV, with 60 per cent of employers viewing them before hiring.
So it is more important than ever to watch what you post and think about your privacy settings.
Here, Richard Mavers, director of marketing and online strategy at mobile recycler Envirofone gives his top tips for keeping it professional.
- Go easy on the selfies: First impressions count and it is easy to assume that showcasing your favourite selfie on LinkedIn will impress potential bosses. However, research reveals that selfies on work networking sites do not go down well, with 88 per cent of employers rating them “unprofessional”.
- But some selfies are OK: While a professional headshot is always best, a selfie where you are dressed smartly is a good alternative. Sixty-six per cent of respondents rated this as an acceptable option for LinkedIn.
- Keep it employer-friendly: While we use social media to voice our opinions, bear in mind that anyone can potentially see them. Posts about drug use, discriminatory remarks and bad-mouthing previous employers have resulted in otherwise ideal candidates being turned down.
- Divide and rule: Create two different Twitter profiles — one for your professional life and one for your private life. You can also make your Facebook profile private.
- Use social media to your advantage: Keeping your online profiles up to date can help you climb the career ladder. Employers will not only use these platforms to check your background information, but will also look to see if you have good communication skills and a wide range of interests.
- Don’t take your foot off the gas: Once you have your dream job, it is easy to slip into old habits. Remember, what you post online may reflect on the values of the firm you work for. Employers regularly check their staff’s social media activity, and will reprimand or even fire people for anything inappropriate.
The itch to switch
NEARLY half of all adults want to change career and only 13 per cent say they enjoy their job.
This career crisis peaks in the run-up to turning 30 – with “29-and-four-fifths” the age when most people want to change career.
Workers in East Anglia are the most unhappy, with 49 per cent of the region wanting a change, followed by the North East (48 per cent) and North West (46 per cent), German appliance maker Vorwerk found.
John Lees is a careers expert and author of How To Get a Job You Love.
He said: “There are an awful lot of people who are unhappy at work and not feeling like they are getting anything out of their job.
“There are also vast numbers of people who want change but stumble at the first hurdle and don’t know what direction to take.
“The good news is, it is possible – good background research, a burst of self-confidence and a calculated risk can really pay off.
“I’d urge anyone unhappy in their job to take some time out to really think about what they would like to do instead.
“There are plenty of structured work opportunities that allow you to work for yourself while taking on a new career.
“There has never been a better time to experiment and find your niche.”
Day jobs getting us down
WORKERS here are the most stressed in Europe – and while striving to achieve a rewarding work-life balance, 69 per cent believe they are failing.
Research has also found almost a third say their motivation to work is at its lowest after a holiday.
In comparison, workers in Germany are far more relaxed after their summer break – with just 15 per cent feeling stressed.
Almost two in three people would like to take an extended break – but just one in five is offered the chance of a sabbatical.
The study was carried out for online travel agency Opodo, whose UK boss Robert McNamara says: “It’s all too easy to be overwhelmed by the stress of working life.
“We’re working more hours than ever before.
“When we do take breaks, many of us continue to check our emails.
“Taking a sabbatical can be a great release valve and offers the opportunity to do something you’ve always wanted – whether that’s going travelling, learning a new language or just taking some time off to focus on yourself.”
JOBSPOT: New Look is recruiting sales advisors for its Bracknell store. For more information or to apply, visit newlook.jobs.
Steps into work
DON’T let learning difficulties hold you back – apply for a new work experience scheme with Transport for London.
Steps into Work is a one-year programme run with Barnet and Southgate College and Remploy.
The 12 successful recruits will learn transferable skills, such as time management and customer service. They will then go on to complete three work experience placements with TfL, while studying for a BTEC Level 1 Work Skills qualification.
Tricia Wright, from Transport for London, said: “We look forward to hearing from people keen to learn new skills in a range of exciting areas.”
Email email@example.com to request an application form before October 6.
JOBSPOT: Become a kitchen team leader at Harvester’s branch in Sheffield’s Meadowhall. See harvester.co.uk/jobs.
Joe’s prize supplies
ENTREPRENEUR Joe Waggott has overcome spina bifida to win a major prize in the first eBay for Business Awards.
The 47-year-old launched Metal Polishing Supplies in 2008.
Last year, the firm had a turnover of more than £300,000 and it has set up its HQ in Joe’s home city of Portsmouth.
The judges were in awe of Joe’s success, which he has achieved between hospital appointments.
He hopes to use his £5,000 prize to develop his business further, and to inspire other entrepreneurs to overcome adversity. He said: “Being one of the awards’ Grand Prize winners means the world to me.
“I have grand plans for the business and, with the prize money, plan to launch a new range of products – finer polishing tools for those doing more intricate metal work, such as artists.”
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