Keeping Social Media Classy

By: Caitlin Slater Email
By: Caitlin Slater Email

As college students, it is no secret that a lot of us like to go out and party. We then have this overwhelming urge to document our lives on all of our social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, Youtube, Foursquare,... honestly it can be exhausting. But there will come a day that all college students dread; graduation day. The real world is a scary place. People do not get hired solely off of interviews. Let's face it, employers will resort to social media stalking to see if you are the same person who was sitting before them trying to sell yourself as an asset to their business.

I hope I haven't scared you too much because this problem usually can be fixed with just a few simple steps!

Start off by googling yourself to see what comes up. When I googled myself I found a picture of me at 16 years old at a school dance. While it is a perfectly fine picture, I saw that it was linked to my old Myspace that I clearly need to deactivate.

Once you see and take down what you do not want up, it is time to go through all your profiles and examine the privacy settings.

While it is entertaining to see you and your friends twerking at the club, I highly doubt your future employer will find your drunk booty shaking as funny as I do. I know it hard to not take pictures dancing to Miley's "We Can't Stop", but it might be best to keep those pictures to yourself. As far as Facebook goes, make sure only people you are friends with can see your pictures/post. Keep your profile pictures, cover photos, and tagged photos appropriate enough for your mom to see.

People love to vent their feelings on Twitter. I understand, you have 140 characters to go buck-wild with! Plus there is the added bonus of attaching pictures and videos to your tweets. The main deal with Twitter is don't tweet anything that you might regret later. Twitter is used for not only peoples personal use, but companies and other organizations use Twitter as a marketing tool. The best way to keep your Twitter private is to protect your tweets. If you don't care that people can see your tweets, just be sure that they are appropriate and reflect the kind of person you are. Trust me when I say that Twitter ranting is not attractive.

Both of these social media apps have exploded among young people. If you are in college and have an iPhone or Android it is pretty likely that you have these apps on your phone. It is important to make sure that the pictures you Instagram and videos that you Vine are private or appropriate for anyone to see. I know you Instagramed that photo of you and your friends having a fun time in Panama City on spring break, but bathing suit pics aren't always good for the world to see. Or if someone takes a 6 second vine of you taking a shot of tequila, some employers might deem that unprofessional.

While both of these sites do not normally have user generated content, it is still important to make sure that what you pin and post on tumblr are acceptable. Remember that on Pinterest you can make a secret board that no one can see but you. (Ladies I know you all have a secret wedding board, don't lie.) And on Tumblr make sure that everything you post shows you and the things you enjoy in a positive light.

Overall employers want to see that you have a social life and do fun things! They want well rounded people to work for them. Just be sure to keep it classy and professional and there should never be any problems.

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