social media tips for new professionalsGraduation is almost here! Is your Facebook page littered with party pictures? Does your LinkedIn profile look empty? Well, it’s time to scrub up your profiles! As a new job seeker, your social media persona is only a Google search away and can be very impactful in your job hunt. Beyond simply deleting old inappropriate posts, check out these additional tips to make your online presence as professional as you can before graduation:

Tell Your Professional Story

When hiring managers search for your social media profiles, it’s because they want to learn more about who you are as a professional and as a person. Have that information ready for them! Fill out your biographies and add a professional headshot to each profile. Especially take advantage of your LinkedIn profile by filling out everything from your education, to work history to awards. Because you have limited space on your resume, this is a great way to expand upon your professional highlights and give hiring managers a more complete view of why you’re a great candidate.

Show Your Industry Expertise

People want to hire people who are passionate. Display your passion and expertise for your industry by posting related articles, connecting with fellow professionals and joining the ongoing conversation. This helps show the hiring manager that you’re not just looking for any old job; you’re looking for a career in which you have a lot of interest.

Adjust Your Privacy Settings

It’s perfectly okay to want a social media profile strictly for your personal life, but just make sure it’s protected! Adjust your privacy settings, so hiring managers cannot see the pictures and status you would like to keep among yourself and close family and friends.

Remember the Social Media Golden Rule 

With social media, it’s always important to remember the golden rule, “If you wouldn’t want to see your post on the front page of a newspaper, don’t post it.” A little common sense can go a long way online. If you put thought into what you are saying, you won’t need to worry about deleting old things or adjusting privacy settings!

With the job search being difficult enough as it is, you wouldn’t want something as silly as questionable social media posts to complicate it further for you! Keep this advice in mind as you’re going through your profiles in preparation for the job search.

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