Have you ever been scrolling through your news feed and seen one of those posts? You know the ones: a girl gushing about going out with her friends every single night; a guy bragging about how many girls he’s hooked up with; someone’s incoherent rant against their former workplace; the list goes on.
All of these are prime examples of, “what not to post online.” I’m not saying that you can’t share anything about your life. This is social media, after all. But there’s a fine line between being who you are and being too open. With many employers looking potential hires up on social media first, it’s now more crucial than ever to properly manage your online reputation.
Here are my top 5 tips, gathered from cautionary tales told by various professors, bosses, and friends.
If you wouldn’t want Grandma to see it, don’t post it
Once you post something, it’s there for everyone to see. And I mean everyone. So, if you would be embarrassed if Granny saw it, then think twice before you hit, “Share.”
Nobody likes liars, and this goes double on social media. I’m not saying not to edit your photos before posting; I do it all the time. But don’t spend hours agonizing over makeup, retouching, and filters, and then tag your photo with, “#iwokeuplikethis”. Or brag about how you got this amazing internship because you’re such an awesome candidate, when you really just got it because you’re related to the CEO.
If ethical reasons aren’t enough to be honest on social media, just remember that you’ve got all your friends and family added on there. Someone’s going to call you out on your lies.
The Internet is forever
Once you post something online, it’s there forever. All it takes to find it is a simple Google search.
Be ethical (and legal)
This one should be self-explanatory. However, several lists of “dumb social media posts” lead me to think that it bears repeating.
So, don’t post anything that is illegal or unethical.
Just don’t feel like you have to share everything about yourself, from your dating life to your political views. Show the world the “you” that you would want your dream employer to see.
Managing your online reputation is crucial in today’s digital world. What steps do you take to ensure that you show the world an honest, ethical, not embarrassing version of yourself?