By: Corey Alexander
As a coach and athletic recruiter, I hear it every day – ‘I see his talent. He has HUGE upside and could be a real asset to the team. He has potential, but what about his character? I’m worried about his Facebook and Twitter profile.’
In the age of big data and social media, we have the ability to see deeper into the lives of everyone around us that has any kind of internet presence. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat and a plethora of other social media outlets allow family, friends, and even complete strangers access into our lives. It gives us the ability to read into someone’s likes and dislikes, what they find to be humorous and what the feel deeply passionate about. We see what their true thoughts are, as well as their true colors. This type of insight and visibility can lead to some very serious questions about someone’s character. If your character as a person is ever called into question you may not be able to fix your reputation.
We live in an age to where people have the ability to know what you’ve done, where you have come from, and oftentimes already know who you are before there is even a formal introduction. The so called, “first impression” is no longer conducted in person. Your interview often times begins before you even get a call about the job. A person’s potential can get them very far but a person’s character can cost them everything.
As a professional in any field, you must be conscientious of the fact that someone, somewhere, is watching you. A misguided tweet can cost you your job. A passionate and inspired thought or moment displayed on Facebook could land you in your bosses office. A risqué post on Instagram may cost you everything that you have worked for, all in an instant.
It is important to remember that how we view ourselves is of little consequence, but how others view us is critical. So, when it comes to being careful on social media, consider that whatever you post will be a reflection upon your character, your reputation, and upon you as a whole.
Post wisely, someone is watching.