College is one of the most important times in your life. What makes it important is your collegiate use of social media during your experience.
In college you should be starting to use social media to build your professional appearance in the working world for when you graduate. Creating a professional name for yourself while you’re still in school will increase your chances of impressing possible employers in the future.
How you use social media during college can greatly influence how you are perceived. That’s why it is crucial for you to practice the collegiate use of social media when it comes to the following social networks:
Linkedin is largest social networking site for professionals, and one of your best options for finding a job through social media after college. Here potential employers can search for specific types of individuals for their companies, and where you can showcase your professionalism and experience to them!
- Make sure the information you are providing in your profile is detailed. Employers want to know all about your background and the abilities that you capable of.
- Make sure you profile contains valid information. Don’t lie about clubs or communities you were “kinda” part of. Also just because you go to frat or sorority parties does not mean that you were in a fraternity or sorority.
- You’re a college student now – proofread your profile. Mistakes on your profile will make you look unprofessional and sloppy.
- Start building connections now! Don’t wait to use LinkedIN until after you have graduated.
- Showcase your best accomplishments on your profile, don’t hold back.
- Check your inbox daily, and respond to messages in a timely manner.
- Join LinkedIN communities and group for professional advice and to build your network!
Facebook is “the social network” and you’ve probably already had a profile before college. To potential employers, Facebook is a good indication of how you live your life.
- Make sure your tagged photos are not of the incriminating kind. You want to give off the impression that you are a reliable and responsible person.
- Post status updates about where you want to go and be in life. Share blogs from companies that you might want to work for one day. You never know – these companies might just take notice when the time is right!
- Join groups and like pages related to the industries that interest you. You want to broaden your opportunities!
- Don’t post things that will offend, insult, or humiliate others. Show respect, it will pay off in the long run.
- Try not to spam you page, with joke after joke and meme after meme. Although Facebook is not as professional as LinkedIN – there are limits!