Have you ever wished you hadn’t been tagged in an unflattering photo on Facebook? Ever posted something that you later regretted? Now imagine if your potential employer saw your Facebook profile or Twitter feed. Do you think they would still hire you? Like it or not, employers are using social media as a tool in the interview process. There are things you can do to help yourself, though.
First, it may sound silly, but Google yourself. This is the best way to see what kind of information is out there about you. This will show you exactly what a potential employer might see if they search you. Next you should carefully comb through your uploads and posts, deleting anything that may be offensive or derogatory. Changing your profile settings to private is also highly recommended. Another tip that is sometimes overlooked is your email address. We can all remember when we were younger and thought it was cool to have a silly email address, but when applying for a job, it can be embarrassing. Make sure your email is professional and appropriate. For a full list of social networking tips check out this link.
In addition to monitoring your social media use, it is also a good idea to utilize the networking site LinkedIn. LinkedIn is an online network that connects over 175 million members in 200 countries around the world. Their goal is to create a professional social media site that would allow job seekers to connect with potential employers and companies. You can create and customize your profile with your educational background, specific skills set, resume, and so much more. This is a great way to present yourself in a professional manner and make connections with potential employers. Go to www.linkedin.com and get started creating your own profile. Career Services is also planning 2 informative programs on the LinkedIn process. Attend these seminars on October 23 or November 12th from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM in the 1965 Room of the University Union.
Contact Career Services for more information on LinkedIn and the wonders it can do for you and your job search!