Taking Care of Your Social Media
Employers often check potential hires’ social media activities during the hiring process. Thus, it is crucial to be cautious about sharing information online, as much of it will never be truly removed from public view. The following is a list of content you should never share online:
- Negatively mentioning an organization by name
- Publicly complaining about your job, boss, coworkers, or customers
- Oversharing details about your intimate relationships
- Posting or associating yourself with bad habits
- Writing or taking pictures of yourself skipping classes, playing games, and sleeping at school or work
- Revealing your drug and drinking activities online
- Discriminating or making rude and inflammatory comments
- Posting confidential information, whether personal or professional
Maintaining a professional online presence is crucial when looking for a job or building your career. It's important to review all of your social media profiles and remove any unprofessional content or posts that could be seen as offensive. If you come across any negative information about yourself online that you can't delete, try contacting the poster and asking them to remove it on your behalf.
Avoid over-promoting or bragging about yourself on social media. Instead, share posts that demonstrate your professional interests and experiences. For example, share pictures of your research group, conferences you've attended, posters or presentations you've given, and activities you've participated in with student organizations and community outreach programs. This will show recruiters that you're a team player and have a genuine passion for your field.
Remember, everything you post online can be seen by potential employers, so it's essential to maintain a positive and professional image. Take the time to review all of your social media profiles and make sure they represent you in the best possible light.