Wednesday, July 20, 2016

4 Things to Avoid on Social Media if You Want to Have a Good Career

With so many of us on various forms of social media on a daily basis we end up living lives that are far more public than they used to be 15-20 years ago.

That means a stranger can find out a lot more about you than you might want them to know. And, in fact, your employer or prospective employers might just check out your social media profiles, too.

With that in mind, here are 4 tips to prevent your life on social media from negatively impacting your career.

1. Watch your profile description. You might want to avoid words that can paint you in a negative light, such as "crazy", "loser", "man-child" or anything else that might put off a prospective employer.

2. Watch your photos. You definitely want to watch the photos you post of yourself on social media. Just a few months ago a college football player saw his draft position drop after a photo of him smoking a bong was posted to social media. 

3. Watch what you share on social media. Avoid sharing anything on social media that might be considered sexist or racist, or hateful to any group.

4. Watch your words. Many on social media seem to think they can say anything they want to others, however unkind, rude, or negative. Foster a reputation for kindness and compassion in all your communication with others.

Follow the above four tips in order to avoid having your social media presence work against your career. 

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