In the land of social media, it’s hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Do you post everything that’s happening in your life? Do you update not only your Facebook, but also your Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn religiously?
Do you delete your Facebook altogether while you’re job-searching, deactivate your Twitter and Instagram, and act like maybe some of those photos you previously posted never existed, and that your only presence online this whole time was your LinkedIn?
Instead of deleting everything altogether while you are on the job hunt, maybe take in a few smart tips instead, to save you a whole other headache of thinking one of the reasons you didn’t get that job is because of your online presence.
Instead of a profile photo that might not be showing you in the most professional light, instead, consider taking a few professional photos to post, especially on your LinkedIn page. Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is the most up to date and clean up anything you haven’t read in a few months as you start applying.
Clean up any of those photos, on any of your social media accounts, that you think might not reflect the best version of you. If you don’t want to delete them from existence altogether, consider hiding the parts of your profile you wouldn’t like everyone (and therefore, potentially everyone that’s looking into hiring you, too) to see.
Another step that goes further than just cleaning up your own personal social media sites, is to ensure that when someone does Google you, a project from high school or college doesn’t come up that you’d rather not see the light of day again, or other incriminating links that you don’t want seen by everyone.
Now that you have your online presence managed, you can focus on the most important steps: doing your best in that next interview, and not having to think about what might have come up on your LinkedIn or Facebook profile when they searched you!