We all love it, or used to love it, but now more than ever is the time
to realize that what you post online can come back to haunt you. First
and foremost you should be aware of your privacy settings, and keep them
as tight as possible. If you’re not sure how specific setttings affect
how you appear in searches, ask a friend to check it out for you and
then return the favor.
time you update your status, or post pictures, or write something on
your friend’s wall, take a moment to think about how those things might
be perceived by a potential employer. Just assume that anyone you
network with could pontentially look you up. You should never say
anything offensive, or allude to details of your personal life that you
don’t want the whole world to know. And in case you haven’t already
heard this a thousand times, you should not have ANY pictures involving
alcohol where you appear drunk. Use your judgment. A photo of you
sipping champagne at a fancy New Year’s Eve party is probably ok, but
holding a solo cup while you play your fourth round of beer pong is not.
make sure you have all of your bases covered when it comes to
protecting your online image. You might be vigilant about keeping your
Facebook profile clean, but that doesn’t mean that your friends will be
equally mindful. Talk to your friends, explain that your career goals
make it especially important to keep certain things off of Facebook, and
ask them to respect those boundaries. It’s as simple as "please don’t
tag me in the pictures from your birthday bar crawl, or post comments
about what happened that night.” You’ll be amazed at how cool your
friends will be about it.
can be fun and an easy networking tool, but proceed with caution. When
you land your dream job, you’ll be glad you did.
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