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  string(3589) "A couple of years ago I interviewed a recent graduate who was interested in an entry level role in sales and marketing. Understanding and using social media was important for the role, but not essential. I'm going to call this person Dave.

Dave happened to include his Twitter handle on his resume, so naturally I checked it out before our meeting.

Unfortunately Dave’s Twitter feed was less than professional, with a marijuana montage and a twitter photos of him smoking a joint. The fact that this was the image he wanted to put forward to the world was a flagged concern. #SorryDave

Employers aren't trying to catch you out - social media is a key player in the job search process today and you should always assume you will be Googled.  Absolutely keep and enjoy your social profiles, and follow this quick guide to ensure you’re in control and able to put your best foot forward.

Google 

Google yourself.  Your name can be your reputation in the modern world and the quickest way to find out about someone is to Google them.

If your name is “John Smith,” for example, you may need to add in some other identifiers, such as your past jobs, high school, college, etc to find results related to you specifically.

With any content that could be deemed inappropriate take it down, delete or get in touch with whoever published it.

Facebook 

Privacy settings are forever changing on Facebook and with the likelihood of complete privacy being questionable there is no harm in checking your Facebook regularly.

You can easily check what your public profile looks like by going to your profile and clicking on the ... on your profile, then selecting ‘view as’. You can then update your privacy settings as required.

Twitter 

Give your Twitter account some first aid!

Check through all your past tweets to see if there’s anything you wouldn't want a potential employer to see.

With any uncertainty change your Twitter privacy settings to “protected.”

LinkedIn 

First things first if you are looking for a job and don’t have a LinkedIn profile, set one up now.

LinkedIn can be used by Recruiters and Hiring Managers as a form of resume so it’s paramount to polish your profile.

Review your profile making sure your experience is updated, your profile information is complete, and you have a professional profile photo.

Email 

As a once free-spirited pre-teen I created my first email address. Whilst cuteshakira88@hotmail.co.uk served its purpose for MSN Messenger and Myspace I would not be taken seriously if I used this email address as a professional job seeker.

Years later this email address is understandably redundant in favour for myname@respectableemailprovider.com.

Everything else…

Think before the Facebook rising: Have you deactivated accounts from ancient social media history? Think along the lines of MySpace and Bebo.

Coming up to date don’t forget about other social media channels, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, WordPress, Tumblr, Reddit and more. Use your common sense and clean up as appropriate.

The best practice here would be to consider what you post online. Set your profiles to private and regularly review and clean up your content.

The sum and substance is nothing posted on social media is truly private."
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A couple of years ago I interviewed a recent graduate who was interested in an entry level role in sales and marketing. Understanding and using social media was important for the role, but not essential. I’m going to call this person Dave.

Dave happened to include his Twitter handle on his resume, so naturally I checked it out before our meeting.

Unfortunately Dave’s Twitter feed was less than professional, with a marijuana montage and a twitter photos of him smoking a joint. The fact that this was the image he wanted to put forward to the world was a flagged concern. #SorryDave

Employers aren’t trying to catch you out – social media is a key player in the job search process today and you should always assume you will be Googled.  Absolutely keep and enjoy your social profiles, and follow this quick guide to ensure you’re in control and able to put your best foot forward.

Google

Google yourself.  Your name can be your reputation in the modern world and the quickest way to find out about someone is to Google them.

If your name is “John Smith,” for example, you may need to add in some other identifiers, such as your past jobs, high school, college, etc to find results related to you specifically.

With any content that could be deemed inappropriate take it down, delete or get in touch with whoever published it.

Facebook

Privacy settings are forever changing on Facebook and with the likelihood of complete privacy being questionable there is no harm in checking your Facebook regularly.

You can easily check what your public profile looks like by going to your profile and clicking on the … on your profile, then selecting ‘view as’. You can then update your privacy settings as required.

Twitter

Give your Twitter account some first aid!

Check through all your past tweets to see if there’s anything you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see.

With any uncertainty change your Twitter privacy settings to “protected.”

LinkedIn

First things first if you are looking for a job and don’t have a LinkedIn profile, set one up now.

LinkedIn can be used by Recruiters and Hiring Managers as a form of resume so it’s paramount to polish your profile.

Review your profile making sure your experience is updated, your profile information is complete, and you have a professional profile photo.

Email

As a once free-spirited pre-teen I created my first email address. Whilst cuteshakira88@hotmail.co.uk served its purpose for MSN Messenger and Myspace I would not be taken seriously if I used this email address as a professional job seeker.

Years later this email address is understandably redundant in favour for myname@respectableemailprovider.com.

Everything else…

Think before the Facebook rising: Have you deactivated accounts from ancient social media history? Think along the lines of MySpace and Bebo.

Coming up to date don’t forget about other social media channels, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, WordPress, Tumblr, Reddit and more. Use your common sense and clean up as appropriate.

The best practice here would be to consider what you post online. Set your profiles to private and regularly review and clean up your content.

The sum and substance is nothing posted on social media is truly private.

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