This blog post was written by Natalie Valdes, our Campus Ambassador at Emerson College. You can follow her on Twitter @nvaldes7.
We’ve all done it. We’ve all gone out and partied. After all, this is college. But what happens the next morning? All the evidence is clearly posted on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The truth is that these sites and applications have turned into a lot more than a safe space to socialize with friends. More and more employers are adding you on Facebook and following you on Instagram and Twitter. So what is a fun and outgoing college student to do?
In most cases, employers or recruiters don’t even need to add you on Facebook or Twitter to pass judgment on you. And if you plan to take it a step further and add your boss or a recruiter on your social media outlets, it is time to clean them up.
1. A picture is worth a thousand words. Take down any photo or video you wouldn’t want your parents, boss or future employer to see. Don’t risk being asked questions you don’t want to have to answer.
2. If you are underage, posting pictures with alcoholic drinks can get you into serious trouble. Do not put yourself in a situation that may jeopardize your future.
3. If you would not dare to curse in the office, do not post it online. Profanity can make you look immature and unprofessional.
4. Look out for what your friends post about you as well. Untag yourself from any post or picture that may harm your image to a potential employer. Facebook also has an option where you can screen any post before it shows up on your timeline. If you disapprove, you can simply deny it access to your page.
If you prefer not to connect with your bosses, you are completely entitled to. You can simply explain that you prefer to keep a professional relationship within the office.
Remember to always keep it classy. Use social media to your advantage and present the best possible image of yourself. Post articles or foster discussions about topics you are passionate and knowledgeable about. Continue having fun, but always think about long-term effects of what you post. It will never disappear permanently.