Requesting (and Getting) the Raise You Deserve

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It used to be that raises were an annual thing – people could expect, at the very least, a company wide pay increase around annual review time every year. But when the economy tanked, so did that long-standing tradition of automatic raises. Now, plenty of companies will put off the raise question for as long as they can – waiting for employees to approach them with requests, rather than automatically making the adjustments.

This isn’t necessarily bad business. The previous methodology had people sometimes getting raises they didn’t deserve, simply because the company deemed it “time” to give everyone an increase. With an end to that, there are often more reserves available to give raises to people who truly deserve it – so long as they are willing and able to make a case for themselves.

 

Be Reasonable with Your Expectations

When trying to determine how much to ask for, know that you likely aren’t going to get a 20 percent increase, just because you ask for it. Keep your current salary in mind when thinking about how much more you hope to be making, and consider when the last time you received a raise was, as well. If you just got a pay increase six months ago, know that you are doing better than most people in the workforce right now – and ask yourself whether or not now is really the right time to be asking for more.

 

Do Your Research

Spend some time finding out what the average pay grade is for your position in your area. Plenty of sites make these searches simple for anyone to complete – and you can find out where you stand on the range compared to others doing your same job nearby. This information could have the potential of being extremely beneficial when you make your case.

 

Keep a File

It is always a good idea to keep a list of your accomplishments nearby, even when you aren’t actively seeking a pay raise. You never know when such a file may come in handy, be it when you are applying for a move up within your company or when you are asking for more money. Keep a list of all accommodations and successful project completions in that file for you to reference back to when the time is right.

 

Make the Respectful Approach

There is a right and a wrong way to ask for a raise, and the wrong way would be to approach your boss casually in the break room and ask for more money there. Instead, you want to come at this discussion as professionally as possible. Send a meeting request to your supervisor, letting him or her know exactly what you are hoping to talk about. Show up the day of your meeting in your best work attire and have your case prepared for presentation – including the research you have done on average pay scales and your list of recent contributions and accomplishments.

 

Be Open to Alternatives

Time Magazine recently reported that two-thirds of people asking for a raise get at least some of the money they request. You certainly have the opportunity to come out of this discussion better than you entered into it, even if you don’t get the exact raise you are requesting. Don’t be so focused on that dream number that you stubbornly talk yourself out of what is being offered. Recognize that companies don’t always have the means to give you exactly what you are looking for, but they may be able to offer other benefits or rewards (such as an extra week of paid vacation) that could be just as appealing.

 

 

Networking Done Right

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Network. Network. Network.

Everyone talks about networking, it’s advice you’ve received since back in your college days. Unfortunately, few people understand the art form that good networking truly is. The reality is, networking is only beneficial if you are actually good at it – and bad networking can do you more harm than good.

So what is networking done right? And how can you ensure you are getting the most out of those networking events on your calendar?

 

Don’t Just Talk About Business

Yes, business is what brought you all together, and it should absolutely be touched on. But true relationships, the kind where people actually want to help each other, aren’t formed on business alone. So don’t allow what is happening at the office to completely overtake your networking conversations – it is very possible the person sitting across from you has far more interesting topics to discuss.

 

Do Show an Interest

Just as in making friendships or having a successful first date, good networking requires you to show a genuine interest in the person you are talking to. Find out about their hobbies, shared connections you may have, and remember the names of their spouses and children. If you want to be someone people actually want to network with, you have to go that extra mile to show you actually care about who they are – not just what they can offer you.

 

Don’t be Forever Asking for Favors

Yes, the point of networking is to maintain those connections that may be able to help you somewhere in the future – but ask for those favors sparingly. Like the boy who called wolf, you don’t want to use up all your reserves before the day when you actually may need that extra help.

 

Do be a Valuable Person to Know

Networking is often just as much about what you have to offer others as it is about what they have to offer you. So be willing to extend that hand of support when you have the ability to do so. Keep those in your networking circle in mind when openings come up at your company, and offer to give them your vote of approval if you think it might actually help. Sometimes even more beneficial? Be open to introducing your connections to each other – because even if you can’t help, they will always remember if you introduced them to someone who could.

 

Don’t Come and Go Only When You Need a Leg Up

Plenty of people make the mistake of networking only when they are looking for a new job. Those you network with will see right through it if you only show up every few years, inquiring about leads. Good networking takes place even in those times when you technically don’t have anything to gain by the networking – consider it a long game, where you put in the time today in anticipation of how those connections may help you tomorrow.

 

Do Maintain Long Lasting Relationships

You never know when a casual contact could come in handy. Sure, that VP you met two years ago may work for a company you don’t have any interest in applying for now – but imagine if he or she were to transition to your dream company in the next year. How much would you be kicking yourself if you were to have let that relationship fade away? Network with people you enjoy being around, and maintain connections even with those who don’t seem like they have much to offer you today. Those long relationships may prove more beneficial than you ever would have imagined at some point down the line.

 

Five Reasons You Didn’t Get the Job

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You found what seemed to be the perfect job. It was at the company you have dreamed of working for, a title that you were sure you were meant to hold, and offering a benefits package you were totally coveting. Everything this job was about, was what you have been looking for since the start of your career. So it really sucked to find out someone else got the gig. Look, rejection is brutal, no matter what form it comes in. But when you are literally sitting back and watching someone else sail away on your dream job, it hurts that much more. Which is exactly why it helps to figure out why you didn’t get the job this time – so that you can at least start making changes today that will hopefully give you a leg up the next time a perfect opportunity arises.

They Promoted From Within

More and more companies are starting to recognize the benefits of promoting from within, which is great if you already work for the company you see yourself still being at in 20 years. But if you are hoping to make a change, it can be a little harder to find your “in”. The good news is that if you were bypassed for an internal promotion, that isn’t really about you. There wasn’t much you could have done to change their minds – they likely had their candidate selected before ever posting the job. But the bad news is, if your sights really are set on this specific company – you may have to consider starting a few rungs down the ladder, getting your foot in the door and working your way up.

You Weren’t the Right Fit

Just because a job is your “dream job”, doesn’t mean you are the “dream candidate”. Companies tend to have very specific hiring criteria, and they make those criteria readily available to candidates. If you don’t possess the combination of experience and education they are looking for, you probably won’t get the job. Consider using that list as a starting point for improving upon your resume, though. Just because you weren’t the right fit this time, doesn’t mean you can’t position yourself to be next time.

The Background Check Hurt You

Is your Facebook page set to public, with pictures of you drinking, complaining about your job, and making less than PC remarks readily available for all to see? Did you lie on your resume about your education or work history? Do you have a long list of criminal infractions that are easy enough for anyone to find on the states criminal database? Sometimes, the background check really can hurt you. So lock your social media settings down, be cognizant of what you post, tell the truth on your resume and – address information up front that a recruiter is likely to find with a basic check.

You Blew Your Interview

Most people know when they screw up an interview, but if you’re the oblivious type – brushing up on your interview skills might be worth committing some time to. In general, you should always be researching the company and role before showing up for an interview. Arrive on time, don’t bash your previous job or boss and respond to questions in a confident and professional manner.

Another Candidate Had More to Offer You can’t win them all, and sometimes – there is just another candidate who has more to offer than you do. You may have had all the experience and education they were looking for, but someone else had more. Instead of taking that as a reason to pout and mourn the loss of your dream job, use it as motivation to continue improving upon what you have to offer. You may not have been the top candidate this time, but other opportunities will come around, and you want to be ready when they do!

Coming Out on Top with Salary Negotiations

pay riseIt happened. You put the time in, searched for the perfect job, went through all the interview rounds, and now – they’ve offered you the position. Congratulations! You made it!

Except, the fun has really only just begun. You see, so many people make the mistake of automatically leaping upon the first offer they receive. They are so excited to be getting the job at all, that they fear rocking the boat by requesting more. They don’t realize that most companies count on salary negotiations as being a part of the process – or that negotiating a higher salary actually puts them in a better position for the duration of their career. Because making more now, means larger increases in the future.

So, yes, you are allowed to negotiate. But doing it well? That’s another thing entirely.

 

Don’t Give the First Number

A lot of companies will try to get you to commit to a number you are willing to take long before you have even been offered the job. This is a standard negotiating procedure for them – if you give a number early on; they know the lowest amount you are willing to take. And they will likely offer at that point. So whenever possible, you want to avoid giving them that number. Leave that space blank on applications, and provide deflecting responses if the question comes up in interviews. For instance, you may want to tell them that you are willing to consider any reasonable offer if asked. This keeps you from giving an exact number, and puts them in the position of first determining what “reasonable” might be.

 

Know What You’re Worth

Before going into any salary negotiations, you want to take the time to research your value. Look up average salary ranges for similar positions in your area, and take into consideration your level of expertise and experience when deciding which end of that range you belong on. Compile the data and look up information about the company you are applying to, as well. A larger, more lucrative company is likely in the position to pay more for quality talent than a smaller mom and pop shop.

 

Present a Fair Counter-Offer

Never accept the first offer made to you. If the offer is presented verbally, ask for 24-hours to make a decision. And then come back with a reasonable counter-offer via e-mail, utilizing professional language and remaining thankful for the opportunity. Use your research to determine what your counter-offer should be, and to back up why you are asking for more than was originally offered. You also want to take into consideration what the original offer is. Generally, you don’t want to counter-offer for more than 15 percent of the original offer – remember that companies have a range they are able to pay, and it generally doesn’t exceed much higher than 15 percent of what they initially offer.

 

Don’t Oversell

One of the biggest mistakes people make in salary negotiations is trying to “play” the employer. They may make claims of having incredible offers from elsewhere, or try to overhype what they have to offer. The thing is, even if you do have a better offer from elsewhere – it is naïve to think an employer doesn’t have a backup or two in their pile of resumes as well. And no employer wants to feel as though they are fighting for your interest. They want employees who actually want to work with them; who actually want this job. So don’t oversell it. Stick to facts and statistics in making your counteroffer, and show gratitude for the opportunity throughout. Employers are absolutely willing to negotiate, but only for those who continue to prove they would be valuable employees; which means those who are willing to negotiate in respectable and reasonable terms.

Knowing When and Where to Apply

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Let’s be honest: job searches are stressful. Whether you are currently gainfully employed and just looking for a better opportunity, or have been out of work for months and are worried about how you will pay your bills, scouring help wanted ads and putting yourself out there for work is time consuming and anxiety inducing. Nobody really enjoys this part, but it has to be done if you are hoping to find yourself in a new role soon.

Still, there are ways to reduce some of that stress, starting with how you go about making your application decisions.

Quality vs. Quantity

One of the mistakes a lot of job seekers make is in thinking that they are better off applying for as many openings as possible. They convince themselves they are hedging their bets by throwing their hat in the ring for any and every opportunity that might potentially be something they could see themselves doing. The problem is that this approach often means losing a lot of quality in the application process. They are haphazardly sending copy and paste cover letters and failing to pay complete attention to the requirements of the job at hand.

Applying like this creates two problems. The first is that you waste your time applying and interviewing for jobs you may not actually want, and the second is that you send out subpar applications for jobs you might actually be perfect for. Instead of applying for every opportunity you come across, be discerning about where you send those applications to – focus on customizing your cover letter and resume to the jobs you are truly interested in, and on passing over the opportunities that probably wouldn’t make you happy in the long run.

Find Your “In”

Networking is forever important when it comes to working your way up the career ladder, but it is easy enough to argue that it serves its greatest purpose during a job search. Making and maintaining those connections with others in your industry can mean getting a heads up when new openings are around the corner and having an internal recommendation for position that might have a lot of competition.

Obviously, if you are currently employed, you want to be careful about who you let know that you are looking elsewhere. But good networking means knowing who your friends are and being able to find your “in” to corporations where you would really like to get your foot in the door. Even if you aren’t currently looking, you should always be trying to make those ties – because you never know when they could come in handy down the line.

Follow Instructions

Pay attention to job postings and to a company’s preferred method of applying. A lot of job seekers make the mistake of thinking that all they have to do to get an interview is turn in a really great resume and cover letter. In some cases, this is absolutely true. But if a job posting dictates filling out an application as well, you need to be sure you are doing so to completion. Don’t write “see resume” on every line or skip the application entirely, purely because you believe your resume covers all the questions asked. Follow a company’s protocol and show you have respect for their way of doing this by applying with their preferred method. This includes paying attention to deadlines and filling out those applications online when requested – many companies today like to maintain online databases of applicants for future job openings.

 

When a Lateral Move is the Right Move

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Job changes are a part of life. It’s human nature to always be looking for something new; a new challenge, opportunity or space to grow in. People master the jobs they are in, and then they start looking towards the future. To whatever the next step may be.

What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is that the next step doesn’t always have to be up in order to be beneficial. Sometimes, the roadmap from here to wherever you want to end up includes a few linear steps along the way. Job changes that may not mean an increase in pay, or even a change in title, but that still open doors you wouldn’t have found your way to otherwise.

Every once in a while, a lateral move can be a strategic way to position yourself for that next step up.

Diversified Experience

Occasionally, job opportunities will come along that don’t necessarily mean any more prestige or money, but that do mean expanding upon your experience in ways you wouldn’t be able to in your current role. This may mean an opening in another department for someone who essentially does your job, but in relation to an entirely different aspect of the company. These moves can help you to become more educated in the various elements of your business and will allow you to boast a wider range of experience in the future. The more you know about your industry, and the greater your capabilities in the various elements of that industry, the more likely you are to be considered for leadership roles in the future. And the better your resume reads.

Increased Exposure

Another great thing about lateral moves is that they typically occur in-house, so you aren’t burning any bridges by leaving one job behind for another. But you are exposing yourself to leaders in a different department or area of the company, creating even more allies to turn to as you work on your goals for the future. If a lateral move allows you to increase your team of supporters, it is almost always a good thing. The more people in your company who come to know what you are capable of, the more likely you are to be considered for true promotions in the future. This obviously only works if you are able to put your head down and truly prove yourself, but a strong work ethic will carry over into whatever department you are working for – and if you believe in the work you are putting in, your supervisors in every department will see that, and begin to form a positive consensus of what you are capable of.

Impressing the Bosses

Everyone wants to be considered for promotions and steps up, but not everyone is always willing to dive right into those lateral moves. In fact, when it comes to job changes, most people want to know they are at least going to be due an increase in pay before shaking things up. It is precisely for this reason that the higher-ups pay attention when someone is willing to take on a position that doesn’t really mean anything more than challenging themselves to learn a new aspect of the business. It speaks volumes to ones work ethic and loyalty to the company when they are open to these lateral moves, particularly when they seem excited about the new challenge, despite the fact that this new challenge doesn’t come with any tangible benefits. Supervisors are almost always impressed by those willing to make these moves, and it can be a great way to position yourself for consideration when it comes to promotion opportunities down the line.

How to Blow an Interview in Three Words or Less

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Interviews are stressful. I get it. It feels like this small chunk of time in which you have to prove yourself, and that can be overwhelming for everyone. How do you sum up everything you are capable of into a 30-minute timeframe? How do you convince a hiring manager that you are the one they want, with your competition sitting right out in the lobby waiting for their chance to do the same?

You’re not alone in thinking that interviews are stressful. But the truth is, there is an art form to successful interviews – a reason why some people just seem universally better at interviewing than others. Yes, some of that has to do with their ability to keep their cool in stressful situations. But the rest comes from the knowledge that what they don’t say is just as important as what they do.

So in case you weren’t aware, here are the key phrases you should never utter in an interview.

 

I Don’t Know

The vast majority of the questions asked in an interview will have to do with you and your work history. So if you find yourself reaching for the phrase, “I don’t know,” in response to any of the questions you have been asked, pull back and reevaluate. Not all of us think quickly on our feet, and that’s fine. But if an interviewer is asking you to reference a time in your past when you helped your company solve a problem, for instance, ask for a moment to think – and then take that moment. Don’t default to “I don’t know” because you’re nervous and can’t think of something on the fly. Breathe, contemplate, and then respond with an answer that will truly impress them.

This also applies to questions about the company and job at hand. Do your research, and be ready and willing to prove you have done that research. If you’re answering “I don’t know” when asked about specific job duties pertinent to this opening, you’ve already talked yourself out of this position – and likely any others that might have one day had you sitting in front of this same hiring manager.

 

How Much?

“How much vacation time are you offering?” “How much money does this opening pay?” “How much does the company contribute to 401k’s?”

Whoa. Hold your horses. There is a time and place for questions of the “how much” variety, but during the interview? You should be focused on getting that job offer first – not on assuming it is already yours to accept or deny. When “how much” comes up in a job interview, there is an implicit arrogance that most hiring managers won’t respond well to. So take a step back and remember that they are interviewing you for this job, not the other way around.

 

I Really Hated…

Any time you catch yourself starting to complain about a previous job or supervisor, stop. Even if it feels relevant to the discussion. Remember that this employer doesn’t yet know you, and so if you are negatively reflecting upon past experiences, they will be inclined to at least consider the possibility that you were as much a contributing factor to that negativity as the employer you are complaining. Instead, find diplomatic ways to phrase your reasons behind leaving previous positions, and always turn the conversation back to what you have to offer this company, not what you found lacking in the past.

 

Sorry I’m Late

Sure, life happens. But when it comes to job interviews, you don’t ever want to start off by being the one late into the room. Plan your day around being at least 15 to 20 minutes early to the interview. You can always use that time to brush up on your notes about the company as you wait. This is one of those situations where a bad first impression is almost impossible to recover from, so just don’t put yourself in that position. Show up early and prove from the moment you walk into the door that landing this job is important to you.

Trust me, hiring managers are paying attention!

 

Getting Seen as Leadership Potential

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Getting that first job right out of university is usually an exciting and uplifting time. For most of us, it is the moment when we begin to truly visualize the rest of our career path. Not only where this job will take us today, but where it might lead us five, ten and fifteen years from now.

Sure, there are those who find a job they love and stick to it. But far more often, people have aspirations that go above and beyond that first real job. For many, those aspirations are paving the way into leadership. They see themselves one day running a department, division or company; not just being one of the worker bees keeping that business afloat.

If that’s you, currently one of those worker bees with your sights set a little higher, know that even if achieving those dreams is years down the line – how you conduct yourself today can open those doors for you in the future.

 

Providing the Assist

Do you know what impresses supervisors? Team players. They know that the leaders of tomorrow are the employees who are invested in working with their co-workers, not just in forever competing with them. If you want to make your mark as a future leader, you need to prove that you are committed to the mission of your company and to helping those you work with achieve their goals as well. Because you understand that working as a team will always provide better results than being a solo-contributor. So if you see a co-worker struggling with their aspect of an upcoming project, or you know a member of your team is dealing with some family issues and isn’t as focused as they might normally be, offer to lend a helping hand. It’s what a leader would do.

 

Ever the Volunteer

Occasionally projects will come up that no one really wants to work on, or travel opportunities to less than desirable locations. This happens at every job, no matter what you do – there are those tasks that everyone kind of wishes they could avoid. Instead of being one more person cowering in the corner and hoping your boss doesn’t look at you when those tasks come up, though, be the one who volunteers. At least every once in a while. You don’t have to become the punching bag who forever takes on the tasks no one else wants, but voluntarily taking one for the team here and there proves that you are committed to getting the job done – even if that sometimes means a bit of sacrifice.

 

Making Friends

Future leaders know how to make friends with the right people, but they also know how to endear themselves to everyone else around them. Being a good leader often means being capable of making friends and investing yourself in others. If you’re the kind of person others don’t really like to work with, for whatever reason, upper management will notice – and it will play into what they think of your capabilities for the future. So exercise your charm and be the kind of co-worker who is friendly and pleasant to be around.

 

Expressing Interest

Sometimes the right answer is also the most obvious. If you have dreams of working your way up the ladder, you have to be willing to express that interest now and again. Let your supervisors know you are interested in opportunities for growth, and seek out a mentor when appropriate. Show your commitment by pursuing chances for continued education and attending leadership seminars and events. Always keep an eye out for chances to expand upon your resume, and maintain an open line of communication with your supervisors when it comes to your goals and what you can be doing to achieve them.

Most importantly, understand those goals yourself. After all, you can’t ever get anywhere unless you know where it is you want to go!

 

Making a Career Leap

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It used to be that people would choose a career field early on, do what they needed to do to pursue that field, and then  remain in the same job for most of their lives. But Millennials have changed that, pursuing a variety of different jobs  and careers over the years and rarely ever just settling into one thing.

The good news for you is, if you are considering a big career change – a lot of other people are doing the same. Which  means that unlike 20 years ago, these changes are no longer looked down upon. Hiring managers are more  understanding of the fact that it can sometimes take a little longer to nail down what you want to do with your life, and  they care more about your performance in the jobs you have had in the past while you were there, than whether or not  you remained for 10 or more years at a time.

Still, when making a career change it becomes all the more important to present yourself as a valuable employee. If you don’t have a decades worth of experience in the field you are trying to transition into, you need to find ways to prove your worth compared to those applicants who do have that experience.

 

Doing Your Research

The first step to making a big career leap is learning more about the field you want to enter, including the basic education and experience requirements that are typically required. The best way to accomplish this is sometimes finding a person in the field who is doing exactly what you want to be doing, and enlisting their help in learning more. Consider this person a mentor of sorts, and work on forging a relationship where you can go to them with questions and for guidance about how to best position yourself for entry into the field. Remember that people often have a lot on their plates, and not everyone will be interested in serving in a mentorship capacity, so how you approach those you hope to learn from is important. Be professional and humble when expressing your desire to enter the field and to one day become as successful as they are.

 

Proving Your Commitment

Making this switch doesn’t end with finding a quality mentor. You need to be willing to put in the work, and to prove your commitment to this career leap. Pursue any additional coursework that might help to improve your chances, and be willing to consider internship opportunities that could help to get your foot in the door of an organization you would like to work for. It is also important for you to recognize that making a career leap may mean starting from the bottom once more. You won’t necessarily be able to retain your current rank or pay grade when starting off in a new and unfamiliar field.

 

Converting to a Functional Resume

A traditional resume presents your experience in chronological order, highlighting your job titles and companies you have worked for in the past. But if you are making a career leap, you need a resume that instead highlights your skills and experience, pushing those job titles further down the page. A Functional Resume format (otherwise called a Skills Resume) accomplishes just that, arranging your information so that your skills are at the top of the page and your job titles are at the bottom. This type of resume puts a great focus on what you can do, and eliminates the need for listing out your job duties at each and every position you have ever held.

The goal here should be to highlight anything that proves your capacity for excelling in this new field, because while you already know you are perfectly capable of making this switch – you need to show that to hiring managers.

Your Job Search and Social Media

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How you represent yourself online can hurt you.

I know, this isn’t exactly news. You’ve heard it all before. As it has become more and more common for everyone you know to have a social media presence, the advice on managing that presence so that you can continue to thrive professionally has also grown.

And yet, I still hear stories every single day of people being hindered by their online accounts when it comes to a job search.

It is time to accept, once and for all, that anything you put out on the Internet can and will be used by potential employers to assess your ability to fit in and represent their company. Employers are looking, and while there are some murky legal waters surrounding how they use the information they find, going into an interview under the impression that your social media presence is off limits would be naïve.

So how do you keep up those accounts, without hindering your own job search?

 

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

First things first: you need to make your personal accounts nearly impossible to find. LinkedIn and professional websites? Absolutely, keep those open to the public. But Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram? Lock those down. Embrace the highest privacy settings available and change the name you use online when possible.

You may also want to hunt down that old MySpace account and delete that while you’re at it. Because how tragic would it be to have that 21-year old version of you affecting your ability to get a job today?

 

Erasing the Past

Still, no matter how locked down your accounts are, it is important to realize that nothing we ever put online is truly private. It’s possible you know someone at the company you are applying to who might tip hiring managers off to previous posts. I have even heard of some fields that require applicants to open up their social media sites in front of hiring managers as part of the background check. Sure, you could refuse. But that probably wouldn’t bode well for your chances.

So when in the midst of a job search, there is value to be found in scouring your accounts and deleting anything you have ever posted that could come back to haunt you. Off-color jokes, angry rants, and photos of you behaving in a less-than-professional manner; those all have to go. It doesn’t matter if you were joking at the time, or if you felt as though your friends would “get it”. A hiring manager likely won’t, and since searching for a job means always putting your best foot forward – you need to be willing to look back at how you have presented yourself in the past, and erase anything that doesn’t line up with how you would want a hiring manager to see you.

 

Planning for the Future

Yes, you can hide and delete to your heart’s content, but do you know the best way to ensure your social media activity doesn’t come back to haunt you? Monitoring what you post to begin with.

You may have a career you love today, one you can’t imagine ever leaving. And so, you feel confident posting things online that you maybe wouldn’t otherwise – because you know your boss gets you, and you have no worries about losing your job. But the thing is, life is always changing. And even in a career you have no intentions of walking away from, things can get shaken up and you can find yourself unexpectedly out in the cold. Sometimes maybe even because of that offensive social media content you didn’t think twice about posting.

So just always be aware of how you are conducting yourself online. Because what you say today could very well come back to haunt you. And wouldn’t it be so much easier to just be conscious of that fact with every post you make, rather than backtracking over years of content you didn’t think through at the time?

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