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Career Advice: Cleaning Up Your Online Profiles

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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.

Did you just break up with me facebook post

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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.

Work Job Rant On Facebook Lose Job

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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.

Twitter Court Rant Issue

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4. Alcohol

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.

Drunk Tweet on Twitter Post

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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.

Drunk Girls Puking On Lawn

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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.

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How To Dress For Success: Men’s Edition

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Back in April, I wrote a blog for the ladies on how to dress for success when it comes to job interviews, career fairs, and when starting a job in the business world. Now I want to tell you fellas out there some tips for how to dress professionally as well. Your appearance is the first impression you make, so make sure it’s good.

1. Suit

Black suits are also preferred, pinstripes are okay as are navy and grays. Tan and light colored suits should be reserved for the summer season.

Man's Formal Gray Suit Purple Tie

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2. Shirt

If you want to pursue finances, then stick with the white collared button-ups. Otherwise, cream colors and blues are nice as well.

Men's White Collared Tucked In Button Up Shirt

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3. Shoes

Your shoes should be polished and the color should either match or blend well with your suit. Sometimes you can mix it up, but this is a bold move.

Men's Black Dress Shoes

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4. Groom

Make sure you are nicely groomed. This includes a nice hair cut, shaved face, and even shaving the back of your neck to keep your hairline sharp and looking clean.

Man Shaving His Face With Razor

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5. Tie

Learning how to tie a tie is a very useful skill to have. There are many different ways to tie a tie, but the Full Windsor is the most professional.

Full Windsor Man's Tie

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When presenting yourself to a potential employer, especially as a college student or a recent graduation, looking professional portrays that you act professionally. Watch this video below for further details on how to dress successfully.

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5 Things To Wrap Up The School Year

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Doesn’t time fly by quickly? It seems like just yesterday we were buying our textbooks to get ready for the first day of school, and now we only have one term left! You may be busy with classes and studying, but don’t get so busy that you forget to do these five things before the end of the school year:

1. Connect

Not with friends, but with your professors! You’re going to want to establish and maintain a relationship with them before parting. Letters of recommendation may be needed for any internship or job you want to apply for over the summer, or if you’re graduating. (This is why it’s helpful to introduce yourself to your professors before the start of the term.)

College Professor Teacher Connection

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2. Link Up

On LinkedIn! Sure, you’ve heard your classmates and professors talk about this site, but is it really helpful? Turns out, 93 percent of job recruiters look to LinkedIn for their next employee. This is a growing trend for future employment. Connect with professors, classmates, co-workers, and other business professionals. Just remember that LinkedIn has a different purpose than Facebook.

LinkedIn Website Page

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3. Portfolio

Put it together. Why before the school year is over? A lot of universities have advanced computer programs to assist in portfolio building. Movie editing software, resume templates, etc. All will help with putting the finishing touches on your secret weapon. When you’re finished, have someone in the career center look it over.

Professional Business Portfolio Binder

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4. Stay On Track

I can’t stress enough the importance of meeting with a counselor to be sure you’re on track to graduating when you want to. Make sure the classes you’re taking count toward your degree.

College Academic Counselor

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5. Be Prepared

At the end of each term, you may feel differently about post-grad plans. Make sure that any options you are considering will still be available (ex. Peace Corp, AmeriCorp, etc.), and that you will be a qualified candidate. Some programs only take young adults up to a certain age, or require you to have a specific degree or course experience. Consider following the programs you’re interested in via Twitter or Facebook – that way, if any changes are made, you’ll know right away.

Girl Outside On Laptop Doing Research

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Have any other tips for finishing the year on a positive note? Let us know in the comments!

Good luck with the rest of the term!

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Portfolio: Do You Need One?

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As you ease into internships and job searching, besides a resume, cover letter, and a great outfit, there’s one other thing you should be sure to have with you at any and all interviews: a portfolio.

A portfolio is a folder or case of physical evidence of related work you’ve done, paid or unpaid. A lot of colleges have classes which teach students how to put these together, so check with your school as an easy way to get it done while still earning a credit or two. Some types of things that go into a portfolio are transcripts, letters of recommendation, awards, internship jobs and responsibilities, and work samples. It’s basically an extended resume. Start collecting work samples at the beginning of your college career or as soon as possible.

Work Portfolio Binder

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When it comes to buying a portfolio, don’t just go for the most affordable. It should be professional and good quality (my favorite). Make sure to buy one that has room for everything, including room to take notes during the interview and a pocket for extra copies of your resume. If you have business cards, throw them in there too! Check craft and office supply stores, or online. Amazon has some good deals. Before you buy, you can double check with your major’s department to see what they recommend, or ask your classmates.

Now the big question: do you need a portfolio for your specific major? It’s safe to say all creative media (filmmaking, journalism, advertising, photography, graphic design, etc.), fashion and music majors need one. Don’t fall into any of these categories? If you’re a business, law, anthropology, or teaching major, you will probably be safe without one, but check with your college’s career center first.

Remember to keep your portfolio updated and error-free. You don’t want any mistakes showing up when your potential employer is flipping through your samples.

Good luck!

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