As a member of the security industry, I find my conversations with business executives to be some of the most interesting. Many professionals ask for my opinions on the finer points of online safety.
To a younger generation, some of my advice would seem self-explanatory or even trivial:
• Make your accounts private.
• Don’t post anything you’ll regret.
• Consider your audience.
To a more seasoned group of businesspersons, courtesy and caution aren’t foreign concepts. However, if they’re not careful, they can lose sight of these guidelines in the digital space.
Quick tips for career success
No matter what stage your career is in or what trajectory it’s following, everyone from the CEO to the intern stands to gain from a few simple dos and don’ts. If you’re looking into your next position, remember:
Do customize your account settings. Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook or even LinkedIn, it’s on you to personalize your profile. You can set your account to private, but it goes well beyond that. For starters, it’s possible to tailor your account according to the type of person viewing it; here are some other ideas to get you thinking.
Don’t overstep your boundaries. Stick with what you know, and don’t fall into the temptation of following the herd. It’s great to embrace technology and change, but if you’re not comfortable navigating your way through social networking platforms, then let someone more qualified do it for you. Or better yet, let someone teach you.
Do know your friends. Many people are eager to network themselves to every corner of the web, but that may not always be the best thing for your career. It’s important to get to know the industry professionals and reach out to some people you wouldn’t have been able to contact otherwise. But ultimately, you don’t want your information in the wrong hands. Sharing details indiscriminately could not only compromise your job search but also your personal safety (more on that here).
Don’t be too hard on yourself. The web is infinite, so don’t get caught up in every single trend or platform – it’s not worth the mental strain. Instead, focus on what you’d like to learn and congratulate yourself on starting the next chapter of your life.
It’s a new world for upper-echelon workers who are adjusting to the new frontier of online safety. Let’s hear from you. Please, discuss what strategies got to you where you are, what strategies you’re using to maintain your standing, and what strategies you’ll use to secure your next job.
Guest Post by Elle Aldridge