Living in a technological age means that first impressions no longer take place in person, but online. Today, many schools and employers use social media to research applicants. To help you build your online resume, here at MTD we have gathered some of our favorite Do’s and Don’ts of social media:
- DO create an image of who you are and who you aspire to be. Social media is a way of self-branding. Not only do your peers look at your social media to understand who you are, but so do your future employers.
Tip: Occasionally go through your media accounts and pretend you are an employer. Would you hire yourself based off of your social media identity?
- DON’T post anything you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see. Even when you are posting to private or public accounts be weary of what you post.
- DO google yourself once in a while. Put all of your stalking skills to good use by searching yourself. You may be shocked at the results. Also, you can see from what sources your information is being leaked to the internet.
- DON’T write negative/rant like posts. Sharing negative posts not only shows a lack of maturity, but it’s also a red flag for future employers.
- DO use the privacy setting on your social media accounts. Allowing someone to follow you on social media is allowing them a look into your life. As a rule of thumb, only let individuals follow you if you have met them in person.
- DON’T post anything that could be considered lewd or offensive. Staying away from controversial topics is advised.
- DO use social media to your benefit. Social media is a great way to network and also follow topics you are passionate about.
Put your social media skills to work and follow: