In the first part of this series, we discussed ways that social media can be beneficial when it comes to job hunting. For this second part, we’ll be sharing tips on what you should NOT be sharing on social media.
So, what is it exactly that NPs and PAs should stray from when it comes to posting on sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn? Obviously these sites are effective in helping you to express yourself, but telling your entire life story can be a downfall. We have to remember that someone is ALWAYS watching. So keep these helpful tips in mind when posting and you should be on the right track.
Don’t Always Speak Your Mind
Yes, freedom of speech is an American tradition (and Constitutional right). This freedom is definitely something we’re lucky to have here in the States, but the reality is that we should always be mindful of what it is that we are expressing.
We all have opinions, and sometimes we may feel the need to let the world to know just how we are feeling at that moment. Perhaps after a long day of stressful interviews, you might be tempted to mention a certain individual working at a specific company who wasn’t the nicest person you have encountered. Advice: Keep it to yourself.
Although it can feel like you’re releasing some pressure, you don’t want to cause yourself more problems by having potential supervisors notice you’re bashing someone within the company. This sort of behavior shows immaturity, unprofessionalism, and a lack of ability to keep your composure.
This also goes for any sensitive subjects that relate to your field of work. You want to remain as positive as possible on your various online profiles, so that when posting on any social media remember – when voicing your opinions use your BEST judgment and stay as polite as possible.
Don’t Post Inappropriate Photos
You might think that you are just about to post a fun and harmless memory on Instagram from your best friend’s birthday party, but be weary when doing so. Some hiring managers may look through the entire contents of your photos, and the last thing you want is for them to see you downing ten shots of tequila. Don’t post the entire night, instead, choose a photo that shows that you are simply enjoying your evening in a classy manner.
Also, bear in mind that privacy issues are taken extremely seriously in the medical field. Whether you are an NP or PA searching for that new job, or if you already have some experience on your hands, remember to NEVER post any photos of patients that you might be assisting. This is a huge issue and can lead to some serious consequences. The last thing you want is to have to pay fines, or even worse, have your license suspended. Your future can depend on just a single post, so your best bet is to not even take a chance. Even if you have the patient’s permission to post a photo, your employer can still take action. Ultimately, think before you click.
Avoid Bad Grammar
Whatever information you have written on your profile needs to be grammatically correct. Plus, with so many acronyms being used today in texting and tweeting, it’s too easy to stray away from proper language use. This means you need to be extra diligent about reading through your posts and ensuring everything is spelled out correctly. As hiring managers are searching through your social media pages, you’ll want them to see that your education is being put to proper use.
This is especially relevant for the LinkedIn website, which was developed for professional purposes. On this particular platform, you’ll want to make sure to be on top of your game. Remember, there are literally hundred, if not thousands, of other candidates fighting for the same position as you. Give yourself a little boost by staying clear of bad grammar and incorrect spelling. Always double check for proper punctuation, appropriate spelling, and run on sentences.
When you do finally get that dream job, make sure that you become very familiar with the company’s social media policies. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, the more aware you, the less likely you will make a social media mistakes that can cost you your job.
At NP PA Recruiters, we want you to succeed in everything you do. So if you are currently seeking employment, call us at 956-772-1400 or 214-351-3880, or visit our website at www.npparecruiters.com and find out how we can help you. Working together, we’ll make your dreams a career.