On social media, everyone has their own voice. Some people are playful, others more serious. Some people like posting about cat videos, others lean toward photos of canine companions. Whatever you use social media for, it’s important to remember that your friends aren’t the only ones who can see your profile. Especially when hunting for jobs, it’s important to make sure that your social media pages are appropriate. Here’s a few things to keep in mind as you go through your very own social media audit.
Don’t Diss Employers
This one’s pretty straightforward and follows the rule that you’ve been told for ages: If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. If you weren’t a fan of your old boss or didn’t like the way your previous employer operated, social media probably isn’t the best place to air your grievances. Consider approaching an HR professional or confiding in a trusted friend instead.
Keep It Professional
If you wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing content with your family members, it’s probably not a great addition to your page. Keep profanity and vulgar images away to avoid appearing irresponsible and unprofessional to potential employers.
Tip: When it comes to alcohol and pictures, some recruiters are divided. Generally, a picture of you enjoying a drink with friends or coworkers is fine, provided you are of age. Anything more than that? Keep it away from the social sphere.
Use Proper Grammar
Especially if you’re looking to enter fields like communications or journalism, it’s important to exercise good grammar on a regular basis. A typo here and there may not be the end of the world, but you’ll appear a lot more polished and professional if you boast an error-free profile.
Double Check Any Links
Nothing’s quite as bothersome as discovering that you’ve had a broken link in your Twitter bio for months on end. Including a link to your website or LinkedIn account is a great way to market yourself and showcase your skills, so it’s important to be doubly sure that they work.
Using social media is a great way to showcase who you are as a person and a professional. Having an appropriate social media page doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with your accounts. Be thoughtful about what kind of content you share and who might be viewing it to make sure you’re safe and sound when it comes to your profile.
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