Monday, November 15, 2010

Blogging, Facebook, Twitter and Hiring....

A lot of you who are following me have blogs that you write.  I would place a bet that you are on Facebook and possibly Twitter as well.  We are part of a society where we can publish, easily, any thought that crosses our mind.  We can add pictures, link articles, tweet our latest thought, pet peeve, or irritation. 

So, now that you have decided to embark on your law school journey and your life as a lawyer -- take a look at what you post.  Anything embarrassing?  Any pictures you would not want your grandma to see?  Any really bitchy comments about the classmate sitting next to you?  Because if there are, you might really want to start censoring yourself to a degree.  Law schools are starting to take a look at your Facebook, blogs, websites.  Law firms will google your name and look for you before interviewing you.

For me, I have nothing to hide!  I am who I am, and what you see is what you get!  My personal facebook is on lockdown, but more for security purposes from a past ex who is half-crazy---not because I would be ashamed of what anyone would see or read. In fact, my posts are boring and my pictures are cute Halloween outfits of my child, nieces and nephews!!!

Also, remember the power of words.  What you say about yourself and how you speak of others.  Someone recently reminded me that a lawyer only has their reputation.  This reputation must be guarded at all costs.  We don't sell a product, we brand our names --- and a good lawyers name implies integrity, trust, wisdom and truth.  If what we post implies something different, it can come back to haunt you.  If you post something about a fellow student, friend, or even a co-worker, than you are tearing down their reputation.  And would we want the same done to us in reverse?

It's never, ever too soon to start working on this. 

1 comment:

  1. I have been working on this a LOT. Not sure if I told you about clinic last year and the "incident" but it was bad.... maybe I will tell you sometime...