“Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your face on it.”
– Erin Bury/ Managing Director, 88 Creative
Employers in different industries today want more than just your resume. They now dive deep into your social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to measure how fit you’ll be for the job. To convince them, start fixing your online profiles by doing the following:
1. Appear Professional Even on Social Media
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Remove unnecessary information and posts from your profile to ensure your social media presence will appear professional and impressive to potential employers and recruiters.
2. Change Your Privacy Settings
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Any post you’re tagged in can have an impact on how hiring managers view you as a professional. Check your privacy settings on Facebook and un-tag yourself from photos and posts that don’t project a pleasing image.
3. Avoid Sharing Too Much Information About Yourself
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Relationship fights? Expensive splurges? Rage on politics? These belong to the TMI (too much information) category. Save your non-work related thoughts later for your heart-to-heart conversation with a friend.
4. Never Post Your “Party All Night” Photos
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This is self-explanatory. Posting photos of yourself partying at a club will turn off employers.
5. Don’t Rant About Anyone Online
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It’s normal to be mad about something or with someone, but ranting online will deteriorate your reputation. Doing this will guarantee a negative strike to your name.
6. Google Yourself
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Look yourself up in search engines to see if your profile looks favorable. In case you find false information relating to you, contact the owner of that website and ask them to remove it. It’s important to be aware of how you look in public searches as it can attract or repel employers.
How you act on social networking sites can make or break your career. In the first phase of employment, it’s important to embody the identity of a professional to establish yourself and contribute in the industry. Best of luck to your future; shine on!
Sources: Careerialism, Who What Wear