Professionalism vs. Unprofessionalism

By: Nicole Kasperbauer
It’s a regular Saturday night out with your friends, and you’re having what seems to be just another night on the town. You’re all taking ridiculous pictures, tweeting your life away and uploading it all online.

Sure it may be harmless – until you apply for your dream job at Marie Claire and never get a call back for an interview.

First impressions mean the world to employers, and if you don’t give a “stand out” impression, then good luck getting where you thought you worked so hard for.

You obviously never took the time to evaluate the circumstances, but once an employer gets a peek at that “wild night at Mickey’s” picture, say goodbye Marie Claire and hello Guns & Ammo.

So, at this point you might be second-guessing all those tagged photos and outrageous tweets from the past few weekends. Have no fear: re-vamping your profile only takes some editing, deleting -and maybe a bit more deleting.

Lock down anything that is public that shouldn’t be. Start by changing/blocking any unprofessional posts, photos or anything that would turn off an employer. Adjust the settings and security of the profile.

Then go on and do major damage. Delete anything that looks even a little risque. I’m talking photos with a beer can that you can barely see, wall posts/tweets that are (drunkenly) unreadable, photos that look sloppy and anything else necessary to bring it to a professional look. (If you have to go back two-four years, DO IT!)

Now, keep up with this new professional look. Un-tag yourself in photos that your friends upload and steer clear of having the urge to tweet [insert friends name] hilarious comment if you’re under-the-influence.

To go somewhere in life… or to be turned down everywhere you apply because of a few over-the-top nights. We get it. We’re all human; some of us are just smarter about it than others. Now it’s time for you to join the club-professional club, that is.


6 responses to “Professionalism vs. Unprofessionalism

  1. I absolutely agree that everyone needs to monitor how they are portrayed on social nteworking sites. We discuss this so often in journalism, but many people still fail to realize the ramifications of an unprofessional presence on social networking sites..

    Even if you’re not Facebook friends with people from your workplace, your profile picture still appears when your name is searched. I’m a little curious as to how many beers the woman in this picture had consumed before she let her friends snap this photo. It should be as obvious as don’t drink and drive, but don’t drink and post!

    • It is so extremely important to take that extra step and post things that are or can be seen okay in the real world. When people are posting immature status’s and uploading drunken photo’s employer’s see that and remember how you come off online.

      I agree do NOT drink and post!

  2. Passive aggressive tweets and statuses are another reputation ruiner, in my opinion. Facebook friends and Twitter followers frequently become therapists for users who unabashedly vent about their problems via social media.

    Tweets and statuses often become outlets for disgruntled users, prompting unnecessary, even scathing rants about everything from crumbling relationships to mounting homework. Aggressive or whiny tweets immediately cast a shadow over your reputation, discouraging potential employers.

    Just as businesses seek exclusively positive social media exposure, do the same for yourself, and skip the passive aggressive, grouchy updates.

    • Taylor, I completely agree with you. People do not want to follow annoying people who post about everything negative. They want to follow funny, intelligent and friends that are friendly (that don’t post 30 times a day!)

      It is most definitely in your wise senses to post things you would honestly be able to show your grandma and make her happy.

  3. It is interesting to note the double-edged nature of social media. I amazed by some of the things that I see people post on Facebook, and frankly, my friends’ posts aren’t really that risqué.

    My own personal rule for posting is this: only post things you are willing to say to a person’s face or pictures you would be willing to show your mom.

    I would also make sure that my Facebook is completely hidden from people I don’t know, just to make sure. Since my Twitter feed is so new, I don’t worry about it because I just use it for J70. I would probably use the same rules I have for Facebook.

    • You are 100% on “only post things you are willing to say to a person’s face or pictures you would be willing to show your mom.”

      With social media rising like it is today, everyone is online. So watching what you post is definitely key to keeping a mature and maintained profile online.

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