If employees are frustrated or bored at work they should bear in mind that venting feelings about their workplace or boss on social media could be read by anyone, according to recruiting experts Hays in Malaysia.
The recruiter says posting comments on social media sites about your dissatisfaction at work has the potential to backfire and be very embarrassing – or worse!
“We’ve seen examples where employees have said something derogatory about their employer on Twitter or Instagram using hashtags such as #boredatwork , #hatemyjob or #hatemyboss,” says Chris Mead, Regional Director of Hays in Singapore & Malaysia.
“Social media has become so ubiquitous that tweets or Facebook posts can be linked quickly, so employees can no longer claim they didn’t realise their posts could be seen by others.
“In fact, many employers will actively search social media during the recruiting process of a potential candidate and if they find evidence of such behaviour, even if it is in the past, it wouldn’t give positive signals and may prevent a person from being hired. Being aware of your digital footprint is hugely important in today’s – and tomorrow’s market.”
According to Hays, rather than tarnishing your personal brand, now and in the future, by broadcasting to the world your dissatisfaction with your work, you should look at positive ways to improve your situation.
The recruiter has this advice:
Create positive momentum
The first step towards freeing yourself from boredom at work is seeing your situation with a fresh eye.
“Focus on your skills and talents by making a list of your strengths so that you can develop and build on them,” says Chris.
“When you do something well or achieve something, acknowledge it and give yourself praise. And look for opportunities that could provide more stimulation or a greater challenge in your organisation. Volunteer to help with new projects in the office, for committees or task forces. Offer to help your boss and co-workers whenever time permits. You'll be known as a team player and an individual that colleagues want to work with.
“Try to stay on top of industry trends to demonstrate to employers that as your industry and business moves forward, you are moving forward with it. If your company offers opportunities for professional development classes take advantage of as many as you can. This way, your technical skills will be at the highest level.
“You could also seek out an opportunity outside of work, maybe through a course, a seminar or workshop, or a volunteer opportunity, in order to learn something that enhances your existing skills or that builds new ones.”
Review your personal brand
“Your personal brand spans your presence on social media, your relationships with past employers, your work network and personal networks, including how you work with recruiters,” says Chris. “Building a relationship with a recruiter is an important way to promote your personal brand to employers.
“We understand the importance of social media to your personal brand and can advise you on your online profile so that you can make a good impression on a prospective employer. We suggest reviewing your personal brand as honestly as you can and put some thought into what is working for you and what is holding you back. Action items could include identifying habits you want to break or building new skills.
“Always remember to align your online profile and activities with the positive personal brand you want to project. Enhancing your reputation through your personal brand will help you demonstrate what you have to offer an employer long before you meet a recruitment consultant or potential new boss in person.”
Seek advice and network
Hays’ final piece of advice is to ask for feedback from a manager or mentor - but be prepared to hear the truth as you cannot change a habit or behaviour if you are not prepared to see it. Sometimes, finding a mentor either within or outside your organisation, can give you a broader perspective on both your qualities and career.
According to Chris, networking is becoming increasingly important through social media. However, attending company events and gatherings is equally important. “The more connected and engaged you are with your colleagues, the more they will know about you and the more you'll stand out when new career opportunities arise,” says Chris.
“Finally, try to stay in touch with recruitment consultants you have had positive dealings with because even when you are in a job, it pays to keep valuable contacts fresh.”
Hays is located in Kuala Lumpur at Suite 4 & 5, Level 23, Menara 3, Petronas, Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Phone +60 3 2786 8600 or email email@example.com
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