Important Social Media Tips

Besides using common sense, consider these tips to maintain a positive and professional online presence:

  • Clean up your digital dirt. Remove any pictures, content, or links that can send the wrong message to employers. Ask yourself, "How do I show up in the world?" Try a Google search on yourself periodically to see what comes up.
  • Remember the internet is public domain. They are called social networking sites for a reason. It is becoming commonplace for employers to do an online search for candidates before making job offers. A good guideline is to not put anything out on a social networking site that you would not want to see on the front page of the paper.
  • Use social networking sites to your advantage. Maintain your online profile by portraying an image consistent with how you want to be perceived. Demonstrate to employers your communication skills by, at minimum, always using proper grammar and spelling. Convey your professional image by choosing your photo and your screen name carefully. Include great references on your profile from a variety of different people to "paint" a positive professional image of yourself.

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