Social media is a great place to express yourself and show the world who you really are. This is great for friends and family who live in different areas, but not so great when you are trying to find a good job. To help this process go by quicker, I have given you five tips for cleaning up social media.
1. Take down any embarrassing photos.
As much as your friends love that embarrassing picture of you at Spencer’s holding, well, anything from Spencer’s, a hiring committee does not. Making sure that your photo’s are clean and appropriate to really show how amazing you are.
2. “Clean up“ any text posts.
This goes along with number one. Make sure that you have no inappropriate language on any text posts, just keep it clean people.
3. Think before posting.
Only post pictures and text that you would say to your boss. Sorry friends, but unless your boss is extremely casual, I don’t think that posting something like the picture down below would be smart.
4. Use the the “Friends Only” Setting of Facebook to your advantage.
Do you have pictures on Facebook that you don’t want to take down? Thats okay, Facebook has two ways to fix this:
A. Have you already posted the picture? If you have, go ahead and click that little world next to the time the picture was posted and click the Friends option. This means that only friends will be able to see what you post, and not your future employers.
B. Are you about to post? All you have to do is click on the little bar that says “Friends” and you are ready to post. Again, only your friends will be able to see this and it will not appear on your timeline for people who are not your friends.
5. Look at your profile as a stranger.
This is a tip for Facebook again. As a final resort to making sure your posts are appropriate, take look at your profile as a stranger. If you go to the upper right corner of your cover photo, there is are three faint dots next to “View Activity Log”. Click on those dots and you are able to view your profile as a complete stranger.
Thanks for reading.