“One good use of workplace social media that I’ve come across about was when someone was trying to apply for a creative director role.
This person figured out how Twitter would display the last 7 people following you to read out HIRE ME! That was ingenious to reach out to a big agency. Nothing otherwise in my direct contact have I seen something as good.
As for bad uses of social media… Recently I was reviewing some candidates for a position. When I did a social media search, two people in particular had rather interesting habits.
The first was one who wrote they love to boondogle: a.k.a. spend money and party on the company’s dime. We all love it, but it shouldn’t be your listed strength on Facebook.
Another person had an e-mail address listed as firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you serious? You really expect to get hired with that listed as your contact address on a professional social media website like LinkedIn?”
Syed Shariq Khalid Al-Hasan is a screening and operations director for Expedia, a national online travel services agency.