Nothing is Private

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In a recent blog post, we discussed how your social media presence could be a detriment to your job search if you are not careful about what you post and what you say.  While you are looking for a new job or career, if you are interviewing with a company, do not be surprised if they look search for you online and find your social media pages.  If you are behaving in a way that is contrary to their corporate culture, you may find yourself overlooked for a position you are otherwise perfectly suited for.

They truth is that the internet can be used in the other direction as well.  What is good for the goose, after all.  There are websites out there that lets people post about their experiences working for a company or organization.  We recently spoke to person who has been working in her field for over 20 years.  This person was recently offered a chance to interview for a VP position which would have been a major jump in responsibility, salary, and benefits.

A quick search online found that this company was very poorly rated by workers, and that a good portion of the management team had recently resigned.  There is no way to know what the truth is, but the long list of poor reviews related to the ownership and management of the company had damped the enthusiasm for the prospect of working for the company, even at a high level.

For decades, many companies depended upon their corporate reputation to attract and keep the best talent, and once you were into these companies, you had to put in your time with long hours, tedious tasks, and even boot camp-like treatment.  For the longest time, people accepted this reality for the prestige of working for that organization.

While some of this still may be true, they younger generations that are coming up are far more savvy and they are not willing to put themselves through the same things that previous generations had.

Online reviews of companies and managers are exposing the companies that make life miserable for new employees.  People are far more concerned about their work-life balance and they are not willing to be put through the wringer.  Most organizations are aware of the reality of today and they have made significant changes to how new employees are treated and they have changed their benefits and corporate cultures to be more inline with how things are today.

As a person who is looking for a new position you have to be aware of what your online presence says about you and for the most part, you are in control of your own fate.  Corporations and other organizations also have to be aware of their online presence, but for a company, their fate is not always in their own hands thanks to website like Glassdoor which so many people are using before accepting offers.

The internet was referred to as the Information Super-Highway.  There is a lot of stuff out there to help you make good decisions.  The internet is more than cat videos and Bernie Sanders memes.  You just have to know where to look.