When you’re in high school, you may not think twice about the importance of maintaining a professional social media presence. However, that Facebook video of you and your buddies knocking over mailboxes in the 10th grade can come back to haunt you years later when you’re filling out dozens of job applications. Employers checking social media before hiring an applicant is becoming increasingly common. So, it’s important to be prepared before applying to your first job.
In this podcast, Josh sat down with Joe Bremgartner, the Associate Superintendent of Human Resources from the Fontana Unified School District. Listen as Joe gives his expertise on how future employers view your social media profiles during the hiring process.
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1. Your social profile does not go away
Always think twice about posting pictures of yourself in a manner that an employer may not find desirable. College stunts, etc may seem funny at the time, but down the road when you are ready to settle into a career, a potential employer may not find them funny or desirable.
2. Your social profile gives people a first impression of you
Although many companies do not search out your profile, potential new colleagues may. If you may be posting something that could be embarrassing or of bad taste, think twice. Don’t let a moment in the spotlight create an employment struggle that you later have to overcome.
3. Understand security settings, and use them wisely
If you are going to have an online profile, consider maintaining a professional profile on sites like LinkedIn, and a personal profile only open to your friends and family.
What do you think qualifies as a professional social media presence? If you’re a business owner or employer, does an inappropriate post affect your decision to hire a potential employee? Give us your tips on how students can clean up their online presence to prepare for a dream career after graduation.