The fact is this: Even if that spring break trip or your college roommate’s bachelorette party were a blast, a potential employer may not think so. You should delete all those incriminating or offensive photos you thought were cute or funny at the time. Even if you are very qualified, even if you have the best resume and interview, your social media profile could determine whether they want you to be part of their company or not.
Social media is a huge tool for connecting with potential employers and finding great jobs out there. But it is something that can really help you or really hurt you. It is up to you to decide what you want your social identity to be. For decades, the best advice has been “your biggest asset is your reputation.” In the age of social media, this is truer than ever.
Shannon Niedzwicki, director of Career Services for Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region, writes an occasional series of columns on finding jobs and succeeding in the workplace. For more information, email Niedzwicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.