Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media

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So summer is coming, and everyone here at OTH could not be more excited!  The beach, endless amounts of In N Out, not referring to your schedule in numbered weeks–and my personal favorite–making money from summer jobs!  But in order to get hired for an awesome summer job or internship, you should make sure your social media profiles are under control.  Here are some do’s and don’ts for your social media pages.

Talking to your friends:

  • Do: Talk to your friends.  I mean, it is called SOCIAL media, right?  Don’t get super paranoid.  Big Brother isn’t watching you (he has more important people to watch).
  • Don’t: Use profanity.  In this article, 30% of recruiters said that they will reject an application if there is offensive language on your profile.  But if you don’t want to be censored (fight the man), make your profile private so that future employers can’t see what you post.

Talking about your employer:

  • Do: Promote your involvement in your organization/club/company!  It shows you’re dedicated, and future employers look for people who are excited about their work.  On a completely unrelated note, On The Hill is AWESOME, and I couldn’t imagine a better place to work!
  • Don’t: Bash your past employers on your profile.  Just don’t.  44% of recruiters said that they would turn away your application on this point alone.  Be smart.  Even if your previous employer was the worst person on earth, tell your friends in person, don’t just shout it into the internet void.

Photos:

  • Do: Post awesome photos of you doing awesome things.  Because you’re awesome.
  • Don’t: Keep your photos public.  What may seem innocent fun to you could be construed as obscene to a future employer.  Don’t take the chance.  Here is a helpful link on how to make your photos private.

We know most of you already do these things, but look at this as a quick refresher course in common sense on the interwebs.

by Laurie Goodman

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