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Why you need to think about your Social Footprint

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Social media is a great place to connect with your friends and family, but it is also where employers research their applicants, so it's important to think before you post. These 5 tips will help you make a professional impression online.

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Why you need to think about your Social Footprint

  1. 1. CHECK YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS Social media sites regularly make changes to their privacy settings, so be mindful of what the public can see, including your interests, likes and photos. It is well worth the time and energy to investigate any changes to your privacy settings and the fine print. THINK BEFORE YOU POST Before you vent or rant about your most inner thoughts /share a picture/ post/ hashtag or pin, think about how this reflects on you. Give yourself a couple of moments to really digest the potential outcomes. What if this was shared? Put yourself in an employer’s shoes. Would you hire yourself with that status or be impressed by the fact that you go to The University of Star Wars and your religion is Jedi? REGULAR CLEAN UP PHOTOS/ STATUSES We have all had bad hair days and that selfie angle that, let’s be honest, wasn’t overly attractive or flattering. Regularly review your photos and those that you are tagged in and also your statuses. You can easily remove them from your profile at a click of a button. Would you add these as an appendix to your résumé? PROFILE THE RIGHT PROFILE PICTURE While you can restrict your privacy settings, your name and profile picture will still be visible. Think about your profile picture, as first impressions count, and your profile is an online billboard advertising yourself. Are people likely to notice you for the wrong reasons? While social media is a really fun place to spend your time and connect with friends and family, remember that your digital footprint doesn’t wash away … unless you are very good friends with Mark Zuckerberg. UTILISE SOCIAL MEDIA TO YOUR BENEFIT With the introduction of the internet, every organisation is a global business. Think about how your clothing, gestures, poses in photos and even humour could be misinterpreted by future colleagues. Network and align yourself with positive influencers. Here are our 5 tips to ensure you put your ‘right foot forward’ online and make the right impression:1 2 3 5 4 As you are reading this, you are more than likely logged onto a social media site … or two. According to the 2016 Recruiter Nation Survey, potential employers regularly use social media as a way to research their applicants. This means that you need to think carefully every time you post/pin/tweet or upload something to your social media sites, because what you post could have long- term effects on your career. CRICOS: QLD00244B  NSW02225M  TEQSA: PRV12081 5.1.D 05.2017 Why you need to THINK ~ about your ~ SOCIAL “FOOTPRINT” For more tips on how to utilise your online profile for networking and graduate employability opportunities, contact USQ’s Student Services team or visit social.usq.edu.au/tags/networking.

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