How Social Media Can Hurt Your Career (Ch 1 from Light, Bright and Polite for Teens)

Have these delivered to your inbox each week

How Social Media Can Hurt Your Career (Ch 1 from Light, Bright and Polite for Teens)

April 17, 2018
Green Zone

Parents and Teachers: This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Green Zone.
We believe this app is a STARTING POINT for your student, but that you must monitor your student on every app they are on. Join our weekly newsletter to learn about the 100+ App Reviews at SmartSocial.com

Gray Zone

Parents and Teachers: Please note this app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Gray Zone.
Parents should participate in these apps with students to keep them safe.
Join our weekly newsletter to learn about the 100+ App Reviews at SmartSocial.com

Red Zone

Parents and Teachers: This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Red Zone. We believe this app is not safe for students to use without adult supervision. Join our weekly newsletter to learn about the 100+ App Reviews at SmartSocial.com

Dangerous Social media challenges

Parents and Teachers: This app is listed as a Dangerous Social Media Challenge. Knowing about social media challenges before your teen does can help you keep them safe before an incident occurs. Join our weekly newsletter to learn about the 100+ App Reviews at SmartSocial.com

Table of Contents

How Social Media Can Hurt Your Career (Ch 1 from Light, Bright and Polite for Teens) Light, Bright & Polite SmartSocial.com

Everyone has online results that create a footprint when someone searches for them online. This online footprint can shape your reputation—and your college opportunities—in ways you might not anticipate (until it’s too late).

Listen to this episode on our podcast:

Your digital footprint includes:

  • Every social media profile you’ve ever created (even if you think it’s private)
  • Every comment or picture you’ve posted or been mentioned in
  • Every other person’s posts who might share your name
  • Online discussions you’ve participated in/online groups you’ve joined
  • Posts from other people who have a similar name to yours
  • Your online footprint exists even if you’re not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • You can find your online footprint by searching for your name on Google and going through the first 5 pages of your results

This blog post is brought to you by Light, Bright & Polite

The Light, Bright & Polite books teach students how to be safe and smart on social media. With this book your family will be able to develop a social media plan to be safe and smart online. This book also teaches teens how to shine online to someday have a positive footprint that will impress colleges and future employers.[/su_note]

Social media mistakes in the news

According to new data, colleges and universities pay attention to what prospective students post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. –US News
It's not that you shouldn't have a social presence. In fact, if you don't, employers will wonder why. The key to using social media is to express yourself responsibly. –Business Insider
How you present yourself both in person and online matters big time. –Fast Company
The social media mistakes that most people make aren't as extreme, but the results can be just as disastrous. –CNBC
Failure to understand just how influential and damaging social media mistakes can be will result in long-term damage and issues that inhibit growth. –Entrepreneur

Why should students care?

  • Everything you do online lives on in the public sphere, from your LinkedIn bio to your comments on Facebook to pictures you're tagged in on Instagram
  • College admissions officers and future employers will usually search for you online
  • People rarely will tell you online if your post offends them or raises eyebrows—but it will change their actions towards you in the future
  • People rarely will forget your stance on a certain hot-button issue

Common myths about social media and how it could impact your college opportunities:

  • Colleges and employers have access to my resume, education, experience, and talent—not what I do in my free time
  • My social media friends and I tend to have the same views on politics and other hot-button topics, so it’s unlikely I’m going to offend anyone. Also, I have the right to share this info!
  • My potential boss and I aren’t friends on Facebook, so she has no access to what I post (and no right to see it)
  • If I have a valid complaint about my school, it would be fake for me to hide it. I want to express my feelings online
  • I would never post anything about my school or employer, so my online activities don’t affect my career
  • No one’s complained about anything I’ve posted online, so I must be doing okay
  • I’m not into social media at all, so none of this really applies to me

What can students do?

  • Assume that everything you share online could eventually be discovered by your college and employer
  • Ask yourself if what you're about to post has a little positivity or gratitude
  • Audit your online image to find out what others might find
  • If your post could offend someone out there, assume it will, and do not post it
  • Use a healthy amount of caution when it comes to what you put out there for the world to see
  • It’s perfectly valid to vent (and you should have fun online). Vent via SMS/Text, call a friend on the phone or take them to coffee
  • It’s also OK to make fun of people, as long as it’s yourself. Self-deprecating humor can be fun, and employer-friendly

Share Your Thoughts With Our Team

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Become a free newsletter subscriber to get our social media suggestions in your email every Tuesday & Thursday.
Dotted arrow to right
Join the Smart Social weekly newsletter for FREE guides
Right arrow
Josh Ochs headshot Round
Host a Positive Social Media Zoom Training  For Your Organization

Our remote presentations (and website) teaches over a million students each year how to shine online. We teach students how their accounts can be used to create a portfolio of positive accomplishments that impress colleges and employers.

Request SmartSocial.com To Train Your Community
Right arrow
SmartSocial podcast logo
Join Our Smart Social Podcast each week on iTunes

With over 240 episodes, Josh Ochs interviews psychologists, therapists, counselors, teachers, and parents while showing you how to navigate social media to someday shine online.

Listen on:

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Youtube
Spotify

Parents: Do you know the specific dangers inside of TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox (and more)?

Support us (by becoming a VIP Member) to learn every danger you need to know...

The SmartSocial.com VIP membership is the leading parent-friendly and student-friendly video training program that shows students how to be positive (and productive) online. Our video courses (and live events) reduce frustration between parents and students and teach students to excel with a positive digital footprint.

Read More From Smart Social:

Read More Posts On Our Blog
Right arrow

Free Parent Night: 25+ Dangers On
TikTok,  Snapchat, Instagram, Fortnite, Netflix, YouTube & More (Multiple Dates).

Join Josh for a presentation that will teach you the hidden safety features of TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Netflix, Discord, Fortnite, Twitch & more! (Register Here)

Register For Our Free Parent Event
Right arrow
Parent Event: 25+ Dangers on TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, Fornite, Netflix & YouTube by Josh Ochs SmartSocial.com