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Social Media Do's & Don'ts
By Kacey Toews, AgCareers.com
THERE IS NO DOUBT that social media plays a huge part in our everyday lives, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a sense of etiquette with how we present ourselves there. Remember: if you wouldn’t want grandma to see it, you probably shouldn’t post it! Not only do friends and family see your profile, but potential employers may take a look around as well.
Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to your social media profiles and what can make or break you getting the job.
• Post positivity! If you post negative comments or opinions, this could be a turn off to a future employer.
• Google yourself, just to see what is out there. It’s good to check just in case someone has tagged you in an embarrassing photo or post that you may not be aware of.
• Share interesting content that you are passionate about.
• Interact with others in a supportive and positive manner.
• Socialize with your peers. Sometimes friending a classmate or lab partner might result in networking opportunities down the road so keep your connections close.
• Upload or post anything you don’t want everyone to see. If you have second thoughts about posting something, just keep it offline.
• Trash talk. The beauty of social media is that everyone can express their own opinions on their chosen platform, so be respectful of others’ opinions and if you don’t like it, you can always unfollow or unfriend.
• Brag! It’s nice to highlight accomplishments and proud moments, but make sure that’s not the only type of posts you are making.
• Use foul language. Nobody likes a potty mouth, especially in the workplace.
• Assume that your profile is private. Nothing online is truly private!