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Social Media Presentation & Its Importance (ADVICE ALERT!)

"A person's actions will tell you everything you need to know."

- Unknown

Ever heard the saying, "what goes around, comes around?" Well that can be applied to anything, especially to social media outlets. Many employers look to social media to seek what their future or current employees engage themselves in during their free time. Considering that everyone has a social life, what happens at the club...doesn't ALWAYS stay at the club.

The point I'm trying to make is: always watch your surroundings & be careful of what you put on social media. Yes, I understand the point of "social" media is to let everyone know what you do in your personal life. However, it doesn't mean that people who follow you, befriend you, etc. have your best interest at heart.

Camera phones are cliche nowadays and people are quick to snap a picture or two of you at your lowest...or even at your drunkest. My parents have always taught me to be careful of who I let in my circle & to trust my gut. If something doesn't feel right, it most likely isn't.

From personal experiences, I'll try to offer as much advice as possible so you wouldn't overthink everything you post & so you could start putting proper social media etiquette into practice.

Advice on Social Media Presentation:

1. No vulgar language.

  • I know cussing could be tempting on social media, especially on Twitter where users have the opportunity to rant about their day. However, using vulgar language does show un-professionalism & sadly could prevent you from getting the job of your dreams.

  • I'm aware that some jobs just don't care, especially if you find yourself getting YouTube, Vine (old school), or Instagram famous. But, I know that shouldn't be anyone's goal...speaking for myself here.

2. Keep social media arguments at a minimum.

  • I know if you're a social media troll, like myself, you want to constantly argue with people who you consider ignorant or offensive to anything you believe in. However, regardless if your employers agree with your stance or not...it still looks bad (I had to learn this myself).

  • By you arguing on social media shows employers that you could potentially bring it into the workplace. And who wants workplace drama?

3. Post your social life, but not too much of it.

  • I know, I know..the hardest part of it all. You want to show your followers that you have a social life, butttttt there's always a limit.

  • Friends, family, etc. don't need to see you at the club every other night while you're supposed to be working on a job project that's due the next day at 8am. It looks bad & shows that your priorities aren't where they should be.

  • Pick and choose what you want to post & weigh your options.

4. No "work-talk" on social media outlets.

  • Have that one co-worker or manager that annoys you everyday at work? Yeah? I think everyone does. BUT, not everyone on Facebook or Twitter needs to know that.

  • This alone can get you fired & make it potentially harder for you to find a new job.

5. Future schools & internships watch, also!

  • I'm going to Clark-Atlanta next fall to pursue my Masters in Business Administration & the first thing my graduate advisor told me was "to make sure my social media was clean."

  • The first thought in my head was "what? I'm just going to school." Then, I realized that now I'd be going to school with older adults, a smaller class size, and will be working on a professional level.

6. Don't overthink it.

  • I know, it could be overwhelming. Once you get into the hang of being careful, it should become a breeze.

If you're second guessing anything that you've put on your social media before this post, just put your pages on private. It helps a lot, but it doesn't guarantee that your employers aren't going to find whatever you're hiding. REMEMBER THAT!

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