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Social Media Tips and Best
Practices for New Graduates
Michael Germano
California State University, Los Angeles
Agenda
• Online reputation management
• Building an online personal brand
• Social media as a vehicle for ‘proof’ of soft
...
I am so glad I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s!
So much of your lives are online. ORM matters.
Managing your digital footprint
• Google yourself; Diagnose the problem
• Delete old social media accounts
• Optimize priv...
Bring clarity to online presence with personal branding
Why brand?
Effective brands are
memorable, clear and convey
value
Personal Branding
• You are going to be Googled by employers!
• Create an online presence that reinforces the
brand messag...
Soft skills—the real reason people get hired
Foundational and elemental
Technical skills are meaningless without soft skil...
Social Media and Soft Skills
• Represent an opportunity to demonstrate
competence and capability in one of the most
critic...
Social Media? You’re doing it wrong. It’s social networking. The
technology isn’t important. The access to people is what ...
Terrifying or energizing?
Some social networks matter more than others and
have more worth. Higher value social networks.
Networking and Your Career
Search
• Let people know you are looking
• Reach out to people before and after you
apply
• Twi...
Online is not real life.
There should be a professional version of you readily
available online that promotes your strengths and value.
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  1. 1. Social Media Tips and Best Practices for New Graduates Michael Germano California State University, Los Angeles
  2. 2. Agenda • Online reputation management • Building an online personal brand • Social media as a vehicle for ‘proof’ of soft skills • Networking • Career hunting
  3. 3. I am so glad I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s!
  4. 4. So much of your lives are online. ORM matters.
  5. 5. Managing your digital footprint • Google yourself; Diagnose the problem • Delete old social media accounts • Optimize privacy settings for the ones you use • Create new ones that help (a thoughtful blog, LinkedIn account, Twitter) • From here on in: Think before you post!
  6. 6. Bring clarity to online presence with personal branding
  7. 7. Why brand? Effective brands are memorable, clear and convey value
  8. 8. Personal Branding • You are going to be Googled by employers! • Create an online presence that reinforces the brand message delivered during interviews and networking • Blogging, Twitter and LinkedIn are the obvious vehicles • Use effective images and content
  9. 9. Soft skills—the real reason people get hired Foundational and elemental Technical skills are meaningless without soft skills that support them
  10. 10. Social Media and Soft Skills • Represent an opportunity to demonstrate competence and capability in one of the most critical soft skills: Communication/writing • Make sure you post intelligently and thoughtfully • Can also demonstrate analytical thinking and problem solving
  11. 11. Social Media? You’re doing it wrong. It’s social networking. The technology isn’t important. The access to people is what matters.
  12. 12. Terrifying or energizing?
  13. 13. Some social networks matter more than others and have more worth. Higher value social networks.
  14. 14. Networking and Your Career Search • Let people know you are looking • Reach out to people before and after you apply • Twitter is particularly helpful since you can follow and retweet • Hashtags related to job hunting and industry conversations can be another source of network building
  15. 15. Online is not real life.
  16. 16. There should be a professional version of you readily available online that promotes your strengths and value.
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