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March 18, 2019

Professional Social Media Presence

Show Your Work

Show Your Work

Social media is the perfect platform to highlight your talents and interests to a large audience. Use your profile to showcase your personal work. Linking to a blog or a portfolio is a great way to show your skills to your network. This is especially important on LinkedIn where you will have connections with professionals. Don’t be afraid to go beyond LinkedIn— post your projects on your other social media profiles. Show your initiative by sharing your goals and accomplishments in a professional manner. 

Keep it Clean

Keep it Clean

Though social media is a space where you can goof around with friends, it’s important to keep posts clean. You do not want potential employers to see curse words and crude humor on your profile or comments. Even with private settings, it is important to be mindful of what you upload and share. You can still have fun with social media, just make sure anyone who sees it will not be offended. 

Show Your Personality

Show Your Personality

Your profile is supposed to be a representation of who you are. Though you should refrain from posting certain things (too personal information, inappropriate posts, etc.), don’t be afraid of showing your personality. Your profile is uniquely yours, so don’t just post what everyone else is. Share things that make you happy or inspire you. Employers want to see that you can create a happy balance between work and personal time. A personable candidate is someone who has a higher chance of getting hired.

Network, Network, Network

Network, Network, Network

Take advantage of the networking aspect of social networking websites. Once you have created your professional looking profile, start to reach out to old and new connections. You never know who can refer you to a job or give you tips for breaking into an industry. One of your connections may be in a similar field as you or know someone who is. Leverage those connections by requesting introductions or résumé sharing to potential employers from colleagues, friends and family. Networking could lead you to your next job. 

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