Social media has become so popular that almost everyone has it. It lets you connect with old friends, share the latest online trends, and keep up with the news. So, when you are job searching, you may want to consider cleaning up your social media. Some people don’t realize this but, having inappropriate things on your pages can determine whether or not you get the job you’re applying for. Just skimming through your social media can even dictate getting an interview!
Why is it so important? Your profiles show who you really are as a person – your likes, dislikes, hobbies, what type of people you hang out with, and the list goes on and on. It reveals your social life and whether your personality would be a good fit for the company. Your social media profiles are movies everyone can go see. Whether they’re rated-G or rated-R, is up to you but, they’re not private journals. So, it’s always smart to display yourself elegantly on them.
Now, what kind of “inappropriate postings” are we talking about? Here are a couple examples:
Those Darn College Kids and their Photos:
We all have those hilarious photos from college parties that we like to go back and reminisce on, but college is over and done with. It’s probably for the best to delete them and keep them stored elsewhere.
Know When to Keep Your Opinions to Yourself:
We constantly see celebrities badmouthing other celebrities on twitter but let’s not follow their lead. When you’re expressing your opinion over social media, do so at your own risk. Don’t badmouth or swear at anyone or anything, especially if it’s a company you use to work for or and old coworker.
Here are some other things you can do to your profile in case a hiring manager checks out your social media:
It’s always good to set your profiles to private. This will guarantee that anyone you don’t know can have access. Your pages hold some seriously private stuff that you might not want to be displayed all over the internet, like where you live, your phone number, and your email address. Also, all your photos are in chronological order, so your first picture that an employer might see when scrolling through your Facebook, could be a Halloween photo that your friend tagged you in. Ask yourself if you really want them to see that.
Back in the day, it was “cool” to have tons of friends on your social media pages. You probably don’t talk to about half of them anymore. It’s time to go through your friends and delete the ones you don’t want to be associated with. Hiring managers spend some of their time going through people friends list on their social media pages trying to determine what type of person you are by the friends you hang out with. Will Smith even stated “You are who you associate with. Look around at your five closest friends and that’s who you are. If you don’t want to be that person, you know what you gotta do.”
Keep it Clean:
Once you’ve cleaned up your profiles, make sure it stays that way. Don’t ruin all the hard work you’ve put in to make it nice and clean! One easy tip to ask yourself before you are going to post something: Would your grandmother approve of your post?
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HSS Social Media Specialist