As I am sure you are aware, social media has an impact on most of us each day. But did you know that colleges, graduate schools, and potential employers are checking up on your social media life to see if they want to grant you admission or employ you?
Whether they do it themselves, or pay professionals to do it, schools and companies are snooping around the internet to see what kind of person you are like. They read your blog, they view your facebook page, they read your twitter, look at your tumbler, and see who is in your google+ circles. When all is said and done, they may know more about you than you know about yourself. And this is how they want it.
So how do you look online? No one is squeaky clean, but if you are too far off base, you may just lose admission or not get your dream job. Now is the time to look through your social media presence and get rid of anything you don’t want others to see. Even if you are being sarcastic in your blog about how it would be so easy to cheat on your government test, you don’t want your number one choice school to see that. Academic integrity is a big thing in college, and if you are even suspected of cheating, you may be subject to disciplinary proceedings. Run a search of your name and see what comes up. If it is a bunch of pictures of you drinking underage, then you have a problem. You get my drift. Just be sure that everything that you put online is something you would not mind a really conservative friend or relative seeing.
Want to ensure you achieve college success or success in your job search? Be sure you don’t shoot yourself in the foot by having an unappealing online presence.