Spring semester is here, and for many students, that means applying to jobs, internships or graduate schools. Now is the time to work on your online presence because potential employers, supervisors or admissions staff will look you up online! This doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The internet and social media is the perfect place to build a positive “personal brand” and display your skills, knowledge and interests. The internet also allows you to network with professionals in your field to discover new opportunities and resources. It’s important to consider all online outlets you use – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. If you haven’t done so already, create a LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com.
Tips for a Positive Online Presence
- Check your privacy settings – who can see your posts?
- Be conservative about what you allow or post
- Triple check before you post! Is it offensive?
- Avoid foul language, gossip and negative remarks
- A picture says 1,000 words – Is it appropriate?
- Avoid drinking, solo cups, illegal behavior and photos that are in bad taste
- Demonstrate personality and involvement – Appropriate content is beneficial!
- Show your involvement in clubs, organizations, sporting events and positive interests
- Be true to yourself!