Humanity never ceases to amaze me: Now it turns out that to find work you need to hide relevant information in your digital profiles (and also in analogue).
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Hiding academic information, the latest fashion
I don't know from which country you read this article, but in Spain it's happening. People who eliminate complementary trainings as important as a master's degree or university postgraduate degree. And they do it so as not to force companies to pay better. That's right, I live in a low cost country, What penalizes merit, training and experience (I covered this last topic two week ago in the post What's going on in Spain with the seniors?)
It seems that good training is understood as over-qualification, and that's punishable. A pity. And the paradox is that on the other hand, the same companies they hire require extensive academic training. In a nut words and for us to understand each other, they demand it but they don't pay for it. And that's why, the candidate has no choice but to hide information.
I don't distrust having a private profile, it would only be missing. But getting to the point of having Facebook, Twitter, Instagram private and not appearing by Linkedin for fear of exposure seems sincerely absurd to me.
If your intention is to share photos with the family, there are other options, how to create a private board on Pinterest. Having private profiles is equivalent for a recruiter that we have something to hide. And that's not well perceived, even if we have all the freedom to do so.
Social and professional networks are a window into the world of networking and an opportunity to explain what we can do for others (value proposition), to explain how we are (Values) and who we are (Profile, Cv...). Not taking advantage of that is going back to the last century.
Avoid your superiors or company equipment, another way to hide information
Another current: I also see that many people do not admit or invite their bosses or social media team to avoid being "spied on".
Almost all social networks have mechanisms in place to hide certain posts certain people. There's a lot of literature on that on the net.
Does it make any sense to hide information to progress or not to be disqualified? We're in convulsive times, but also in times of fake news when truth and authenticity are appreciated. It's clear that not everyone thinks the same.
For my part, I think everything leaves a mark, and what we don't do and we don't show also leaves it. It's very personal., but I like working with open people, who have little to hide and behave similarly on and off the grid. If you're an out-of-network introvert, you don't have to pretend not to be within the network.
And you, What do you think?
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