Be social media smart
We live in the digital era. Anything is available within seconds right at the tips of your fingers. It is a blessing. It is a curse.
You may have heard this a thousand times. For some of you, this may be the first. But what you put on the internet, which includes social media applications like Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, can come back to haunt you in the future.
When you put information on these apps, it stays there. You might be able to delete it, but all it takes is one person to screenshot, and that information becomes permanent, and it’s under someone else’s control.
It is important to remember that you are not the only one who sees what you tweet or what picture you upload. And while you may be too busy preoccupying yourself with the number of followers you have accumulated, someone is searching through your tweets from six months ago.
Potential employers, current employers, or even admission directors to that graduate school you want to attend all have access to this information. Do you want these individuals, possible bosses or professors, seeing what you did last weekend?
While it is still important to enjoy your time at college and express yourself as an individual, you have to keep your future in the back of your mind. As a fresh college graduate, you must keep this question in mind: will your social media habits put you at risk of being overlooked by future employers, or are you putting yourself in a position to be successful?
We have to understand that this is the age we live in. Almost everyone has a camera on their phone. Almost every college student has a Snapchat account, and when something crazy breaks out at a party, in class, or at a game, the first thing people do is pull out their phones and begin recording.
It isn’t enough to monitor what is going on personal accounts. You have to be aware that anything in public can be recorded. Avoid situations that you are going to regret when the public gets ahold of what happened.
While social media can be an exposing open forum to your life, it can also help you make professional connections that will open doors in the future. You can start using social media as a tool to learn and stay informed. Follow people with careers in the field you are looking to go into. Interact with them. Study the types of posts and content being produced by leaders and businesses that you admire.
Tailor your profiles to represent the type of person you want to be known as to prospective employers. As a college student, social media should be used as a platform to introduce yourself into the professional world, not a display of your drunken indiscretions.
Even if the material you post on social media isn’t scarring to your reputation, be mindful of who can see it. Take precautions and use security settings to keep unwanted people from accessing your personal information.