Social Media is a clear, prevalent force in the world today.
When it comes to using social media as students, there is certainly a wrong way and a right way. Most people are on some form of social media all day long. It allows them to connect with friends they don’t know and friends they know very closely. This is great if you are going to school.
However, the downside of social media is that you may be giving too much away. As social media giants evolve, they are creating functions that allow users to post more and more intimate details of their life in vivid clarity. This is why you may want to think about changing the way you use social media. Here are some social media habits every student must adopt.
Do not attack people on social media or write extremely negative posts, especially about your friends and your school or commenting on other people’s post with foul language. People have been fired because of posts they had on social media.
Limit Your Use of Social Media
If you find yourself using social media all day long, you may want to think about curtailing your use. Indeed, most students don’t stop using social media, because they are getting updates all day long. However, you want to practice some control. You may even want to turn off these updates so that you aren’t constantly distracted. If you spend too much time on social media, it could be getting in the way of your studies.
Facebook is a great platform to connect with friends and family. However, it is also a hub for inappropriate photos. These are things future employers definitely do not want to see on your profile.
Use Social Media for Good
Social media can be used for good. Of course, you can use your profiles or accounts to raise awareness about certain causes, but you can also use it to get a job. Some people polish their social media profiles just for the sake of increasing their chance of getting scouted for a position.
Avoid grammatical errors. Proofread your work. If you want to be taken seriously, edit your work seriously. Spell check is not always reliable. Just because it isn’t detecting any spelling errors doesn’t mean there aren’t any grammatical errors. Be wary of misusing words.
Take an appropriate profile picture
Profile Pictures: For social media outlets, like LinkedIn be sure to use an appropriate picture for your profile. Employers don’t want to see a full-fledged selfie but a nicely-constructed headshot. Don’t just roll out of bed and decide you’re picture ready. Put on that blazer and comb your hair. That image could be the first impression to the employer. Make your first impression memorable for all the right reasons.
Never Give out Your Personal Information
You never ever want to give out your personal information on social media. If you are going to USC Online or another online college, you want to avoid putting your phone number or home address out there. This can be dangerous and it can make you vulnerable.
Use #hashtags correctly
Professionals on Instagram: Be your brand and know your brand. You should always post with a purpose. Don’t do it for the likes, post it because it is relevant. Remember to use related hashtags that will drive engagement to your photos.
Make your bio shine
Social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram display a little bio along with your profile. Choose what you say in your bio wisely. Your bio gives you another opportunity to show off your personality. You should definitely include links to your other social media platforms and your blog.
Once something is out on the Internet, it is there forever. Yes, you may press “delete” when you realize you post something you shouldn’t have, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is out there. You are unaware of how many people saw your questionable post before you removed it–or worse, took a screenshot of it. Therefore, always think before you post.
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