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Future employers and your social media

As online students, you’re bound to be using one form of social media or another for anything from relationship building to professional profiling or even collaborative learning.

What’s important to remember is that your social media presence is a key area of focus for potential employers who want to find out more about your character. To help you build a positive online presence we’ve put together some handy pointers!    

Be sensible with your photos

  • Everyone loves a hilarious photo after a night out, but it might not be what potential employers consider professional and might give off the wrong impression as to your character.  

Think before you link

  • The information that you post and share through your own profile is often visible to the general public, so be mindful before you decide to post a certain link or status.  

Arguments make for bad news

  • While it might occasionally seem tempting to become involved in an online debate about the state of the nation, think twice before throwing in your two cents as it may come back to haunt you. 

Privacy is important

  • All social media platforms have comprehensive privacy settings that you should familiarize yourself with and learn how to make your profile visible to only those you choose.

Spelling and grammar

  • Keep your spelling and grammar in check, as what and how you post gives potential employers a pretty clear snapshot of your language skills.
  • If you’re unsure, run your posts through a program that will show if you’ve spelt something wrong or made a grammatically incorrect statement.  

Consider the future

  • Social media is a two pronged sword, on one side it’s an excellent interactive networking tool, yet on the other, what you post has a habit of hanging around for a very long time.
  • Make sure you take a moment to think about how what you post or share will affect others.

Graduation is not the end of the journey – but the beginning of a new chapter. Click through for more information on Graduation & Beyond.