I Was Going to Hire You….But Then I Saw Your Selfies
How College Grads Can Protect Themselves from Being Passed Up for an Interview
First impressions are now on the internet instead of in person. Potential employers will hit “NEXT” faster than you can take a selfie if you don’t get your social media under control. Google yourself…. What do you see? Most likely you will see a link to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook profile. Now is a great time to re-evaluate your privacy settings and clean up your social media as you continue on with your job search. It is estimated that 4 million students earn their degree each year and attempt to join the work force. With all the competition and social media being a key recruiting tool in 2020, you need to make sure you don’t mess up a good opportunity before it comes knocking.
Instagram: Just make it private… seriously. Looking for a job in digital media? Try using a photo theme on Instagram to showcase your creativity and design skills.
Twitter: Go back the last 5 months (these days, maybe several years wouldn’t hurt) and review your tweets. Delete anything that sounds negative or rude to others, and of course all those late night rants. Employers can also see who you follow. Make sure to unfollow any crude accounts that may display bad behavior. Your profile photo and your about me section should be PG as well.
LinkedIn: Your profile photo should be simple and just of you. HR departments and recruiters from all over are searching LinkedIn for college grads to fill positions. Your photo will be their first impression so make it professional. We know your resume may be a little lackluster so make sure you update your profile with any internships or work experience you have had that caters to the field you’d like to work in. It’s also great to get your professors or mentor to write a recommendation for you. You want to come across eager and accountable.