The recent buzz in the media regarding selfies and narcissism, and the fact that most employers will now Google their prospective employees, begs the question of whether the selfie can harm your job search. It’s a great question, and while it would be difficult to predict or study, as with anything related to your career, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Here’s why and what to do about it.
Having too many selfies on your Facebook page or as part of your digital footprint in any way could make it seem like you are more self-centered than the other candidate with fewer selfies and less of a team player, for example. Remember, while this doesn’t mean it’s accurate or true, first impressions are first impressions, and it’s better to be cautious. If an employer thinks you seem more narcissistic and therefore less like someone who would work well on a team, they could discount you, especially if the other candidates have the same experience or background and it comes down to personality fit.
If you have selfies everywhere on your Facebook or Pinterest page, an employer may worry that you might spend too much time at work on social media instead of working. They might be concerned that you don’t understand the line between public and private and would not know what information to keep close to the vest at work or with clients versus what is OK to share. Again, just because you have selfies on your page does not mean you are not qualified for the job or not a team player, but if you really want that job, wouldn’t you rather clean up your Facebook page than not get it? Of course! Here’s what you can do...
Use your judgment when it comes to the photos you post on the Internet, especially selfies. There is no one-size-fits-all answer, and if you need to, ask a friend to review your profile for you and tell you how it comes across. Watch this video to learn more about selfies and how to adjust your social media profiles to enhance your search, not hurt it.
- Limit selfies to a handful on your profile. There’s no one-size-fits-all number here — it depends on the length of your profile — but no more than one for every two pages, for example.
- Delete those that could be perceived as unprofessional (a drink in your hand, clothing that’s not exactly flattering).
- It’s OK to keep those that have others in the photo, as long as they can’t be misconstrued. Having more than just you in the selfie can help minimize the idea that you only take photos of yourself.
- Keep those that show you travelling or show a unique interest you have. This can provide depth and background about who you are and help you stand out from the crowd, especially if it’s not something mentioned on your resume.
Guest Blogger Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches help people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her team's career coaching services. Set up a Complimentary Career Strategy Session with Hallie Crawford to get advice on your career goals. *Mention you saw us on Talent Zoo and receive a free bonus if you purchase a product or sign up for coaching.*
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