According to UCAS, a total of 353,960 students from across the UK are heading to Uni this summer.
This is a reduction in numbers compared to 2017s A-Level results day. As many favour the prospect of entering the workplace over continuing education, the prospect of climbing the career ladder can be daunting. However, first things first, before sending out your first job application it is wise to study your social media. Here, the experts at Bulldog Digital Media present their tip tips on what to keep on and off social media.
Life is a bore
Whether you are speaking with regards to education, work or an event that you have been dragged to, delete anything that portrays you as a negative person. Even if the potential employer is likely to agree with you, nobody wants to work alongside negativity or somebody who does not portray enthusiasm.
If you have chosen to use Facebook to vent and let off steam with regards to your workplace, then it is best to delete that too. Complaining about work portrays a bad attitude and someone who is not committed to the workplace.
Do not deactivate
Deactivating your social channels altogether may seem like an easy option whilst you apply for new roles however, holding no online presence can look suspect – especially if you are entering the digital arena. The key here is to find a balance for instance, lock down your Facebook but keep your Twitter, Instagram and of course LinkedIn open.
I buy my friends
The number of followers someone has who is not an ‘influencer’, is meaningless. There is no real reason to buy followers and it will indicate a sense of vanity. It is far better to hold a following that is meaningful rather than one that is vacant.
The H8 4 Txt Tlk
Hold off on the abbreviations when updating your status. It comes off as lazy and a potential employer will jump to the assumption that this mentality will transfer across to the workplace.
Share, share, share
Share relevant and topical industry news articles in order to show that you hold a genuine interest for the field that you are in. Joining industry groups and partaking in board discussions will also broaden your opinions and expand your learnings.
Google your full name to determine what results appear. Also ensure that you conduct an ‘advanced search’. This is also a great chance to see how you can adapt your privacy settings across your social channels.
It is vital that you conduct an Incognito Google search as this will present unbiased results that are not affected by previous Google searches.
It is also sensible to set a Google alert for your name. This will give you an indication of when you name appears in a Google search result. This is particularly helpful to those that keep a blog or journalist that wants to keep track of where their work is published.
Break a leg
So, you have several job interviews lined up and briefed your friends on the where’s, the when’s and the what for. Do not let them wish you luck all over social media. Potential employers may see this and presume that you are not taking a job hunt seriously and adopting a scatter gun approach in your applications.
Have you checked in?
Did it even happen if you didn’t check in? ‘Checking’ in at every given opportunity has somewhat turned into the norm however, when conducting a job search it is best not to check yourself in at every underground rave and mid-week bar crawl. Such actions will lead an employer to believe that you will not perform at your best on a day to day basis, that is if you arrive at the office at all!
Selfie number 101
Save the selfies for the likes of Instagram and Facebook and steer away from posting them on LinkedIn. Instead, opt for an image that exerts a professional manner.