As much as our regular social life matters, increasingly more and more so has our online social life gained attention as well. With the prolific use of the internet as well as networking profiles, it seems like we’re all logged into these virtual social lives in one way or another. And why shouldn’t we be! On the one hand, social networking helps us to keep contact with our old friends and on the other hand, it exposes us to new contacts, which might benefit us both socially and professionally.

Gone are those days, when we used to run after professionals to take a quick glance at our resume when we were in dire need of a job. Gone are those days, when we had to stand in long queues, to meet the oh-so-called bosses!

Now everything is just a click away.

Getting into interviews, then bagging job offers have become a lot easier these days because all sorts of vital info can be traded online via several social networking sites, be it Facebook, Linkedin, or even Twitter!

People need to worry about their online social conduct these days, because more so than well-suited and fitted clothes will give others a professional impression of you, your behavior online speaks a lot to who you are and how you present yourself.

This is why it’s important to adhere to some general tips and guidelines when using social media so that you can put your best foot forward and make sure that people are getting a professional look at you as a person.

  • Link With Or Befriend Acquaintances Only

It is always safe and secure to allow those people to our account with whom we share a genuine relationship with, with whom we are comfortable sharing our personal details.

For people who are highly aligned towards online professional conduct, making separate accounts for friends and clients or colleagues can make it easier to maintain a tighter grasp over the professional front.

The tactic of making separate accounts for clients and friends also saves us the extra effort of hiding any information that we wouldn’t want to be readily available for our clients to see. It saves a lot of time, which would rather get wasted for continuously looking out for personal discussions becoming public, shared via comments.

  • Personal Online Behavior

We must always share photos of ours which we consider to be professional enough. And that goes for sharing links and posts too. Random sharing of inappropriate posts might come off as an unprofessional conduct. Only share links that are universally acceptable.

You also want to make sure to follow basic grammar and conventional rules as well; having a messy, error-ridden social profile will come off as unprofessional all around.

  • Keep Work Discussions Away

If you’re fond of taking to social media to complain about your job, coworkers, boss, etc., you need to break the habit immediately. Trash talking your place of employment is one of the fastest ways to destroy any professional image you may have built for yourself. While many people like to treat social profiles like their own personal diary, it’s important to remember one key distinction: your diary is not available to be read by any stranger on the internet like your social posts are. Before you go on a rant about your latest workplace grievance, consider that anyone from your place of employment could happen upon the post, effectively ending your career.

A good rule of thumb — if you wouldn’t say it to your boss’s face, keep it offline.

As smart and clever as you might think you are by hiding old social media posts or making profiles private, job recruiters are much smarter. No matter how disciplined our recent posts look, they will look beyond it. Social media sites curate all of your posts, meaning that something offensive that you posted back in high school could still prevent you from getting a job. This is why it’s important to make sure that you are cognizant of what you’re posting and make sure that you aren’t saying anything that could one day get you fired.