By Bailey Berg
Over the last decade social media has exploded. It’s become part of the norm, creeping into almost every aspect of our lives.
As students we’re taught to use social media to our advantage – to network, self-publicize, and to use it as an effective tool in our job search. However, just as you look at employers, they look at you, and a few false moves could potentially sink your current or future careers. Check out these helpful hints on safely navigating the world of social media.
“Last Friday Night” pictures
Use caution before uploading unsavory pictures to the Internet. Albums of you guzzling beer, wearing risqué clothing, or being overly sexual can turn off employers. Also keep in mind the friends can tag you in pictures as well, so know what pictures of you are on the Web, and un-tag ones that might send the wrong message.
Keep things to yourself
We’ve all had our share of I-hate-my-job moments, but there’s no need to broadcast your frustrations across the Internet. Not only could it make for a sticky situation at a current job, but also could cause potential employers to think you have a bad attitude. While we all love to whine a little bit, tame your social tongue and be mindful of what you post..
Spelling, grammar and punctuation still count in social media. Say “thank you,” not “thankz ur da besttttt!”
Have multiple accounts
When all else fails, create two social media accounts – one geared toward your desired industry, another for personal use. Post what you will on your personal ones — just be sure to keep it on lock-down. If your potential boss can find it and see it, so can customers, which can give the company a negative image.