Student Guide to Social Media
Who Is Looking at My Social Media Pages?
Do Colleges Look at Social Media?
Do Employers Use Social Media to Screen Job Applicants?
How to Pass a Social Media Background Check: Best Practices for a Professional Online Profile
What Are Social Media Checkers Looking For?
Use Professional Profile Pictures
Social Media Mistakes to Avoid
- Do not overshare. While providing some personal information is fine, detailing every part of your life is too much. It’s important to have an online footprint, but don’t post things you don’t want the public at large to see. While you can tweak privacy settings, leaks and hacks happen.
- Avoid negative posts, such as complaining or bad mouthing. This also includes comments on others’ profiles or timeline. You may not agree with their opinion or point of view, but it’s important to remain civil. The same goes for overt bragging or highly emotional content.
- Watch your language on public posts. While colleges and employers may tolerate some foul language, it’s best to scrub your profile as best you can.
- Don’t forget copy editing. Posts riddled with grammar and spelling errors don’t put your best foot forward.
- Avoid offensive jokes, including photos and memes.
- Don’t be a cyberbully. This can include harassing, excluding, or cyber stalking.
- Don’t trust privacy settings. Just as nothing on the internet is ever truly deleted, it’s best to assume that anything you post might potentially be seen by someone it was not meant for.