That’s a picture of me, my husband, my father-in-law, and my kid on Halloween last year. There’s nothing horrific about it (unless you are not a Packer’s fan, which is a different issue entirely), but it’s not a picture that I posted to Facebook. My neighbor, who took the picture in her living room, posted it and tagged me in it. No problem – it’s cute and funny and I don’t care that it’s there for many (many!!!) to see.
But what if it were a picture that I didn’t want out there? I would have to do something about it — look into my Facebook privacy settings, ask my neighbor to take it down, or something!
And what if it had been a picture that, in fact, made me look irresponsible or, god forbid, unprofessional? (I know I know – some of you think that dressing my kid up in a cheesehead is reason enough to call CPS). Seriously — what if it potentially compromised my professional or personal reputation, Packer’s jokes aside?
I am learning so much about social media right now by co-teaching this course that I came up with a workshop idea for our Career Services office. The idea came to me from an article called New Rules for Job Applicants that one of our students found and shared with the rest of us. It also came from one of my other students (not taking the course) who asked me for advice about a very similar situation she experienced — someone posted something about her that she did not want posted on LinkedIn (in a “recommendation” note), and what should she do about it?
So – what do you think of this workshop idea? Any suggestions?
Understanding Social Media To Manage Your Professional Reputation
In the world of Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and YouTube, potential employers and people in your network are able to do a new kind of background check — one that is informal, but informational! What do you need to know about using social media so that you are thoughtfully managing your professional reputation while participating in these online communities? In this 4-day online workshop, participants will consider this question and will learn about aspects of specific social media tools that can make or break a career.