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In times gone by we could do things in far flung places far from the madding crowds and no one would ever know. It was as if we all had two lives, the one we lived and the one we showed others. Then comes along the inter-web and turns everything flat on its face. Nowadays, for some inexplicable reason, we find ourselves in a situation where we know each others dessert choices before we've finished the meal. Is it all really that important? And what has this got to do with maximising your career?
Well, seeing that you've asked, let's get to it.
Imagine you found yourself a hot date, what's the first thing you do? Naturally they should expect to get the Google treatment. Well why wouldn't you, all sorts of stuff can be sniffed out. Finish off with a smidgen of Facebook stalking and you're good to go.
Now reframe the scene. Chief pilot sits with your CV on their desk, loaded with an armoury of your personal data ready for the Google invasion. The big question you should be asking yourself; What will they find?
In all seriousness though, this is arguably the most important aspect of your career you need to manage. We don't need to explain how quickly things can spread and how long they can linger. A Chinese whisper has nothing on the power of the internet !!
What kind of things should we be paying closest attention to? It all boils down to almost entirely one media format. Pictures and videos. It can not be expressed vocally enough how careful you need to be with regards to the uploading of 'check this cool picture or movie' onto the likes of an Instant-Twit-Face page. It's just like a tattoo, maybe instant gratification whilst getting it, but years later you're going to wish you'd made different choices.
We happen to have what can only be said, and of course I'm extremely bias, some of the best jobs in the world. We HAVE to tell everyone about it, I get it, I agree with you, I do exactly the same too. But, and it's a pretty serious but, how seriously do you take your career? This stuff will follow you and if you get it wrong, can sink you.
Besides the prospective job opportunities that may be at the mercy of your social postings, don't forget the fabulously easy pickings you leave behind for your relevant CAA or aircraft insurers. You may just be making it extremely easy for them to build a case against you should you happen to be a regular poster of what they might consider 'helpful content'. Your CAA and aircraft insurers have access to the same inter-web as you do!
You are in control almost entirely on how you are perceived, your reputation. Don't take my word for it, Mr B knows a thing or two about it too ...
Please pay very close attention to what you post, your reputation is based almost entirely on how you are perceived. You have control over that, you also have the ability with today's technology to sink your own ship before you've even left the port.
Think smart. Use the internet to your advantage, don't let it take advantage of you.
Fly safe out there boys and girls
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Just my experiences as a pilot in Africa, things learnt along the way and useful stuff for others following their dream...
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