We have a new idea for how students can be thinking about the tech that is already thematically woven into their daily lives. Don’t hide yourselves! Make yourselves easy to find online so future gatekeepers can get a sense of how great you are in your everyday life rather than just on paper or during an interview. These will help you stand out from the crowd:
- Think conscientiously and strategically about the personal content you are making public-facing on your social media versus the content you’re only showing friends.
- Change all of your social media settings so that every post you make appears only to you. After you’ve posted, think about if you want to make that post available to a greater audience then chose ‘friends’ or ‘public’.
- Start and cultivate a LinkedIn page where you can routinely add new experiences and skills you develop during your student and summer experiences.
- Ensure your public-facing social media and LinkedIn profile photographs look like you. You want to make it easy for employers to identify you on LinkedIn so they can find you quickly and easily.
Most agreed that an individual's presence and interactions on social media are excellent indicators of an individual’s character and how they interface with others in everyday life. Our surveys of admissions officers and research we have done with professional recruiters show that they all believe character to be of utmost importance when considering a candidate for admission or for a professional position. All agreed that how positively an individual interacts with others is extremely important. Most agreed that an individual's presence and interactions on social media are excellent indicators of an individual’s character and how they interface with others in everyday life (not just when they have their interview hats on).
So slow down this summer. Kick back on your porch and take some time to be purposeful about how you’re interacting with others on social media and what accomplishments you want to share with the entire world on the web. Remember that every piece of new technology and online platform that comes your way is a privilege. They represent an opportunity for you to share your character, aspirations, and accomplishments with people who someday will be deciding whether or not to invite you into their communities. And they will almost certainly will be searching you online.
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By Carolynn Crabtree, Cornerstone Reputation, posted on fosi.org