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Social Management for Students

28 October 2014 By Emily Hohf

social_media_presence 2Are you a soon-to-be Pioneer Pacific College graduate? First, congratulations! Your hard work and dedication have paid off! Now, the task of landing your dream job awaits. Have you perfected your resume and cover letter? What about cleaned up your online presence? These days, a social presence can impact job prospects in ways you’d never expect. So, we’ve complied a few tips for managing your social profiles during your job search.

  1. Clean up your pictures – A picture is worth a thousand words and a Facebook full of your college weekends can say a lot. Be thoughtful when posting pictures that may shed negative light and delete unwanted pictures from your own albums. You can also adjust privacy settings, but keep in mind that there are ways around these so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  2. Be tactful – Of course, social media is a platform for you to express yourself and your ideas, but be cognizant of offensive materials that a potential employer may see. Employers are looking at who you are outside of work so expressing your affiliations, hobbies and how you spend your free time should be done as respectfully as possible.
  3. Get a professional profile – Just as employers are checking your Facebook and Instagram, they are also on LinkedIn, scoping out your professional experience. This social platform is becoming an asset to recruiters and employers alike. In order to attract the right attention and leave the right impression, your profile picture should be professional with all information filled out (preferably grammatically correct and spell checked) and your resume up-to-date. Use this platform to help grow your professional connections and create a large group of relevant connections from which you can create a successful job search.
  4. Maintain – Just because you’ve landed a job doesn’t mean suggestions 1-3 can go by the wayside. You never know when another opportunity may present itself or when someone else may reach out to you about an opening at your dream job. By maintaining a professional set of social profiles, you can ensure you are ready for the next great adventure in your career.

Conclusion:

In this tech-savvy world of the 21st century, online presences make the job search both easier and more difficult. As you move into your career, be sure to be aware of people who may be looking into your profiles and the best way to present yourself to them. When in doubt, error on the side of caution when choosing what to post to professional profiles and always be aware of what is going on on your social pages. The more aware of these potential challenges you are, the easier and more quickly you will be able to address them in the event an interviewer inquires. So, do you have your profiles locked and loaded? If not, we recommend using the tips above to do so prior to graduation. Then, you’ll be ready to tackle the job hunting process in a single stride. Good luck!

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