Just because you can saying anything online, doesn’t mean you should. Wave hello (or is that good-bye?) to possible employers.
I recently had a discussion with someone online who argued that he enjoyed a separate Twitter account from his work account because he had the freedom to say anything he wanted.
But should he?
We now live in a world where everything we say online is Googlable (it’s now a word). Every future employer, every business opportunity is checking you out. Employees are a part of a company’s brand. Do you think they want to hire the person sharing profanity, sexual innuendo or inappropriate comments?
Last year, a study showed 35% of companies found online content that prevented them from hiring someone. I’m sure that percentage has only gone up.
This blog is as much about customer relations as it is about engagement. Enjoying freedom of speech, a little too much, can’t be the best way to brand yourself and engage with others. I actually stop following anyone that uses overly inappropriate language. I don’t mind the odd swear word to reinforce a point but if that’s the limited vocabulary you have…I don’t need that in my Twitter stream. I have more interesting people to engage with. What do you think employers are thinking?
Everyone and anyone is listening.
Using inappropriate comments makes you unattractive to companies. Unattractive to peers. Unattractive to your network. Unattractive to your tribe.
Creativity, personality, and individualism can be expressed. Are you doing it in the right way?
To follow up on my previous blog post, Yukari and I discuss how the use of freedom of speech, or really just saying anything you want, can have an impact on your professional future. Sad but true. Have you ever had this problem? Do you totally disagree?