You may still be waiting on that dream job offer, but there are some things you can take care of right now to make sure you are presenting yourself in the right light, starting with your social media presence.
A lot of us typically do not think about what we post as our status updates on our social networks. We don’t think about who might see it or how it could be taken, whether or not our profile is “private” or “public.” It’s important that we start paying attention to these things. Anyone, including potential employers and internship coordinators, has the ability to view our profiles – so make sure you are presenting yourself professionally.
To give you an idea how to clean up your profiles, here are things you should avoid posting:
1. Relationship Problems
Social media is not the place to air your dirty laundry. Invest in a handwritten journal or vent to friends and family in person instead of publically posting relationship drama.
2. Work Troubles
Upset because of the hours you’re working or not working? Get into an argument with a coworker? Keep it to yourself. Ranting online about employees, customers, or your boss can cost you your current job and prevent you from future ones.
3. Legal Issues
Arguing with your landlord, custody issues, court dates, or suing someone are all private matters that should not be shared. No one wants to get involved with someone who is involved with legal issues, especially a future employer.
One celebration because of a job offer or graduation is okay. Don’t be continuously posting pictures or statuses of alcohol consumption – especially if you are not legally of age! Even if you are over 21, employers aren’t looking for the biggest partier as their new hire.
5. Trashy Photos
Too often, my newsfeed is littered with friends posting batches of photos from their wild weekend at the bars or at parties with friends. Almost 100% of the time, they are inappropriate. This falls under the alcohol category but also applies to drug use, sexual activity, vandalism, and other controversial acts.
A good way to approach your networks is to ask yourself, “If I were an employer, would this update or photo negatively influence my hiring decision?” If the answer is yes, don’t post it. Remember you are trying to present yourself in the best way. Think branding. It’s not just for companies anymore, but also about your own self-image.