Social networking policies: appeal to self-interest

Here is a good post providing a sample social networking policy for companies as well as links to actual policies such as those provided by IBM and others.

Good policies should include best practices:  None of these policies embrace the idea that it is in an employee’s self-interest to engage in social networking responsibly.   Just as an employee puts forth their best face in a resume, the same is true for social networking.   Given the current jobs picture, employees would do well to think of their social networking as evidence of their professional value to a potential employer.  Here are some best practices, that social networking policies should encourage.

*Be professionally visible on the web

*Show your expertise and skills off in a positive light that reflect well on you and your employer

*Present your personality as you would want a prospective employer to view it

*Show off your participation in professional associations

*Tout your own achievements in a way that would be attractive to potential employers


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