How to Prepare Your Social Networks for the Post-College Job Search

February 24, 2017

Career Advice

8583949219_f55657573e_zIt’s clear now more than ever that social media holds power — power to get you recognized, the power to meet new people, and the power to find more opportunities. Unfortunately that power can be a double-edged sword. There have been so many instances of employees losing jobs due to an inappropriate social media post.

Before you begin your job search, get your social networks buttoned up. But don’t ignore them — also start using them to your advantage. Here’s a checklist you can run through before getting “social” during your search.

  •  Google yourself and see what comes up.
  • Upload a consistent profile photo and bio across all networks.
  • Turn on the highest security settings to your personal accounts, especially Facebook.
  • Double-check your security settings occasionally, especially after a new update.
  • Consider creating a personal account and a professional account on a network like Twitter.
  • Connect with industry leaders and alumni who would be willing to network with you.
  • Research the career path of people you aspire to be.
  • Showcase your skills or portfolio on networks like Instagram and LinkedIn.

Image via Jason Howie/Flickr.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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