I’ve written in the past about being careful with your social media accounts when it comes to job hunting. The majority of employers today are looking at candidates’ social media accounts. It can’t be reiterated enough that what you post, tweet, share, and chat about online can come back to haunt you. I always recommend making your accounts private, but that’s not even a fool-proof strategy because a screenshot of something can always be forwarded and things can be misinterpreted or misconstrued.
On the flipside, your social media presence can sway a hiring decision in your favor. The School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Stevenson University has put together a great infographic that outlines what to do on your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to make a positive impact with potential employers. Let’s face it: if we know they’re going to be viewing our profiles, let’s make it count. I think Stevenson’s advice for each platform is spot-on.
LinkedIn is the go-to site for professional networking and as such, your account should be complete. This is a great place to include honors and awards that help you stand out from your peers.
While Facebook is generally a personal site, do not be lulled into a false sense of security. Be careful what you post and comment on.
Twitter can add to your credibility when done correctly. Tweet intelligently and thoughtfully. Do not engage in debates that risk becoming less than professional.
Take a look at their infographic below for additional tips on each of these three social media platform:
This infographic was created by Stevenson University Online