By: Nicole Kasperbauer
It’s a regular Saturday night out with your friends, and you’re having what seems to be just another night on the town. You’re all taking ridiculous pictures, tweeting your life away and uploading it all online.
Sure it may be harmless – until you apply for your dream job at Marie Claire and never get a call back for an interview.
First impressions mean the world to employers, and if you don’t give a “stand out” impression, then good luck getting where you thought you worked so hard for.
So, at this point you might be second-guessing all those tagged photos and outrageous tweets from the past few weekends. Have no fear: re-vamping your profile only takes some editing, deleting -and maybe a bit more deleting.
Lock down anything that is public that shouldn’t be. Start by changing/blocking any unprofessional posts, photos or anything that would turn off an employer. Adjust the settings and security of the profile.
Then go on and do major damage. Delete anything that looks even a little risque. I’m talking photos with a beer can that you can barely see, wall posts/tweets that are (drunkenly) unreadable, photos that look sloppy and anything else necessary to bring it to a professional look. (If you have to go back two-four years, DO IT!)
Now, keep up with this new professional look. Un-tag yourself in photos that your friends upload and steer clear of having the urge to tweet [insert friends name] hilarious comment if you’re under-the-influence.
To go somewhere in life… or to be turned down everywhere you apply because of a few over-the-top nights. We get it. We’re all human; some of us are just smarter about it than others. Now it’s time for you to join the club-professional club, that is.