Managing Your Social Media

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I’m pretty sure your parents have told you to be careful of what you post on social media. Even if you post something then decide to delete it, it isn’t completely gone off the internet. You should refrain from posting things that you wouldn’t want your future employers to come across.

 Your social media is painting a picture of who you really are. If negative things are displayed, you’ll be less likely to be hired by anyone who happens to run across these things. According to Nancy Messieh from thenextweb.com, as of 2015, approximately 37 percent of employers view the social media accounts of potential job candidates and 34 percent  of the employers that view social media accounts said that they have discovered content on profiles that resulted in them not hiring someone. Being careless about what you post on social media can later cause you to miss out on a possible job opportunity.

Since you know that future employers look at you social media, now you need to know what they look for. A no-brainer is to never post things talking negatively about your previous or current employer or complaining about your job. This is a bad look on your part because your potential employer could choose to not hire you due to the fact that you badmouthed those that came before them and you could very well do the same thing with them.

Posting about interviews, a new job, or even a raise could be something to make your potential new boss not recruit you. Some things, like job offers, are confidential and if your potential employer sees that you post about them, they will think you aren’t trustworthy. To avoid this, just refrain from posting anything pertaining to a new job or raise completely. Talking about job searches while you are still employed is also a bad look.

Avoid posting inappropriate photos on your profiles. Photos that include things like alcohol and drugs are a red flag to employers. If possible, ask those who have posted inappropriate photos and tagged you to untag you so employers won’t come across it on your pages.

According to Susan Kihn from CareerMine, in those between the ages of 16 and 34 looking for employment, 1 in 10 of them have missed out on a job opportunity due to content posted on their social media. Take a moment to think before you post something. One little thing you post could potentially alter your future in a negative way.

By: Cierra Lemott, Sophomore, Brooks College Prep

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