February 17, 2014
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As a student at Ohio University, I have been hounded by the concept of, “Be careful what you post. Your future employers will see it. Do you want to have a job after graduation?” Every single one of my professors has warned me about the risks you take on social media, and when your weirdo philosophy professor talks about it, you know it’s serious. Everyone should follow these five golden rules to lower the risk of embarrassment and job rejections.
- If you wouldn’t want your Grandmother to see it. If you wouldn’t want to show your grandma your tweets, don’t tweet it. Imagine trying to explain a picture of you bonging a beer to your grandmother. If that doesn’t make your face turn red, then imagine showing your tweets and explaining it to your boss.
- If you would die of embarrassment when seeing your past 10 tweets projected in front of one of your classes. Imagine walking into class and the professor has your past 10 tweets projected on the board. Imagine one of those tweets was you on @bobcatmakeOUts. I’m sure you and the other person in the picture had a great night, but now your entire class and the professor know about it too. You may have to drop the class out of embarrassment.
- You are here for an education and your future employers will check your social media. This cannot be emphasized enough! You will continue to hear about this forever. Think about the people you would want to hire. Whether you tweet inappropriate content or retweet someone else’s, that’s not the type of person employers want to hire. You may have #collegeprobs but it’s not necessary to share with the rest of the world.
- You actually share much more than you think when you post. If you’re tweeting that you’re depressed all the time, people will unfollow you and think it’s annoying. No one wants to see someone tweet that they have a terrible life every 10 seconds. It also doesn’t look good to employers. If you tweet about how much you hate your part-time job and continuously complain, how does that prove you’d be happier working for any company? Think about what you’re posting and how it reflects upon you from other perspectives.
- Were you even aware you were updating your social media? Like my mom always says, “Puking is not sexy.” Should you really be posting about puke in your hair? The rough hangover you have? The extent of alcohol you are drinking/did drink? Drunk-tweets and photos are things that employers look for. You might not be aware that these will cost you jobs, because they will simply just not contact you for an interview.
If you are highly qualified for the jobs you’re applying to, then don’t let something so silly like Twitter ruin your chances. Please, share this information with your friends and even laugh about it. Your future depends on you, so think before you post!
Taylor Davis is a sophomore studying Health Communications, and minoring in Psychology and Journalism with a Diversity Certificate. You can follow her on Twitter at @taylorrosedavis