"Facebook has an average of 136 million users, Twitter 284 million, Instagram 300 million... and you think your privacy settings are safe?"
Did you know that some departments have people whose only job is to click through your social media accounts? There only job is to find that one post that could tarnish their companies brand. I've been known to Google myself, just to see what pops up. What is your social media presence like?
If you owned a Fortune 500 company, would you want someone who partied every night, cursed like a sailor, and did who knows what online? Probably not. When you work for a company that deals with clients, there is a high chance those clients will Google you too and go through your accounts. That could be the difference between landing that client, or them going to the next person.
Make sure your LinkedIn is up to date at all times, because that is going to be the first place that recruiters are going to look. They are going to find out what type of professional person you are from there. Does your resume match your LinkedIn profile? Did you intentionally leave things off of one and not the other?
Now let's move to Facebook, clear 30 minutes out of one afternoon or even do it during lunch; but look through every post that you are tagged in. The ones that are even seemingly questionable un-tag yourself. Don't allow this to be a reason that you don't get hired. No drunken nights, no mini skirts, cigarettes, or anything else a recruiter would be turned off on. If you're apart of any groups that can be a turn off... leave. If you have any likes such as "alcohol" or "binge drinker"... delete it. Check out https://www.repnup.com/ for a free trial to clear up the bad words and crazy pictures. Also take advantage of the privacy settings! Use them to your needs.
Twitter is a networking site that is known for being a public outlet. Have two accounts, a personal and a business (but still remain cautious on your personal). Make your business one your first name and your last name. Make your profile bio something that's not too offsetting. Don't forget eyes are always watching you especially when you start applying for jobs. It's very simple to type in an email address and find someone's profile. With that being said don't use the same email address that you use for your social media accounts.
Keep your Instagram clean. Make your profile private, and don't go overboard in the bio. Never post lewd pictures because they have a habit of coming back to haunt you later.
It is a good idea to have your profile's private, but company's can pay to have that lifted. Therefore nothing you post online is "private." So be careful and remember you are your brand. You will contribute to your company's brand. Never forget that.
Now you've read up on it, go and clean up your social media. You don't want to lose out on your dream job because of something you did 2 years 5 months and 17 days ago.
Any other tips for keeping your social media clean?