Here at mygraduatecareer.com, we spend lots of time thinking about ways to help graduates present themselves to employers in the best possible way. Highlighting your talents, looking the part and having the right qualifications are all important parts of the interview process. However, there has been a lot of interest from employers in information that can be found on candidates via social media. We're not looking to get into a 'right or wrong' debate here, we created this page of key tips on how to positively manage your 'netrep' or online profile and find out what information about YOU is available online.
The big F - Facebook.
This is the most worrying factor for most university graduates as the photos and posts are usually to do with drinking and the resultant, quite possibly inappropriate,behaviour. Here's a a few pointers to check for on your profile to ensure that you're not stalked out of any job you apply for. When you leave university or school, have a quick flick through your friend list and delete any of those people you may suspect are involved in some form of PR or have set up profiles posing as students on behalf of some company or other. It is always useful to keep a tab on who you're friends with, as these are the people who can legitimately access your information, plus it's always fun to go on a FB cull! The most classic fails involve previous Facebook rapes, where your mates have joined you up to inappropriate groups, or pages that don't give the best impression to prospective employers.
Photos are harder to manage as they can be connected to many different networks through tagging. The simplest option is to de-tag yourself from anything that may be considered offensive, illegal or in any kind of moral grey area. If you wouldn't want to show it to your mum and dad, you might want to de-tag it!
Fanpages! Same concept as before, don’t associate yourself with anything too abusive or most importantly, illegal. This is the time to stop being a fan of ‘Weed’. Remember to join the mygraduatecareer.com fanpage on Facebook.
Twitter/Blogs and Myspace These settings are along the same lines as Facebook - only join groups that are not considered offensive. Employers won’t mind if you’re into a wide variety of music or run a blog on what you do from day to day, however they're highly unlikely to consider you to be a suitable candidate if you include a running account of your sex life or join music groups associated with sadomasochism or drugs.
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