The trouble with social media

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.Image.

Spell-check

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.

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2 responses to “The trouble with social media

  1. I love how both of us just blogged about social media but came at it through different approaches. We both talked a little bit about the pitfalls of social media, they can be wonderful tools but they can also destroy you.

  2. Always good reminders! You think most of this is common sense, but youth are getting started on social media at such a young age, their abbreviated language becomes second nature.

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