A post from Peer Mentor Jonathan Greene
In college there are tons of things going on all at once and your job is to make the most of your time here for your short 4 years at school. Social media has exploded on the scene and has impacted the way people communicate in today’s society. These 5 tips were found from an article that I read from USA News by Jeff Greer. These tips will help you make the most of your social media site and put you in the right direction to leave the college setting and easily transition into the working world in no time.
1.) Create positive content
Your goals for social media sites are to create a positive and good first impression for others viewing your site. Make connections with professors and other important University figures with the LinkedIn website that can help create opportunities for referrals for internships and future jobs. Furthermore, Facebook or Twitter is not the appropriate place to host a debate or give your opinion on a political issue. Instead, focus on accomplishments, goals achieved in or outside of the classroom. Talk about light, fun-hearted things that will make your followers smile!
2.) Don’t post questionable photos of yourself anywhere online
This is an absolute no. If potential employers, for even a part-time, or on campus job, see your site, it could turn into not even getting an interview. Posting your crazy spring break pictures could greatly hinder your chances in getting jobs in the future so keep them in your picture frames and off the internet. If your parents might think it is inappropriate, then it probably is not the place for posting on a social media site.
3.) Do Google yourself
On the internet, your information on social media sites is everywhere. My professor last semester Googled our entire class and found me and my classmates’ Facebook information and profile pictures and talked to our class as we sat there in shock that she got to our page, even with security and privacy settings. The point of the lesson was that information is everywhere, especially on the internet. If you haven’t done this yet, your potential employers probably already have. They can easily get through event the toughest privacy settings.
importantly, don’t complain about your job. If a manager or co-worker sees this on a social media site most likely, you won’t have to complain much longer, because you will probably be fired.
Social Media is all about collaboration and sharing ideas and giving thoughts and opinions on different topics. If you post what you had for lunch today, or that you are going to the grocery store, what value has been added to your site? Some ways to keep your site fresh and not all about you are to post interesting articles or videos found in the internet, post about upcoming events and invite friends, re-tweet interesting tweets from friends or people you follow, comment on posts giving your opinion and connect with things that interest you and share to your social media pals!
These are just some basic guidelines of things you should keep in mind to help you maximize your social media while in college. My most important lesson to take away from this is to ask yourself before posting “Would my Mom approve of this on my site?” If the answer is no, then it is probably not appropriate, if so, then post away!