Use so­cial me­dia, but with cau­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL - ROX­ANNE CE­CIL Wash­ing­ton

“Young job hope­fuls not hid­ing their so­cial me­dia past, sur­vey finds” (Web, Aug. 9) claims that young peo­ple seek­ing em­ploy­ment no longer be­lieve their so­cial me­dia will neg­a­tively af­fect job op­por­tu­ni­ties. As a young per­son in the job mar­ket, I would say this is true, but with hard ex­cep­tions.

When I ap­ply for a job in which pro­fi­ciency in so­cial-me­dia plat­forms is a key re­quire­ment, it be­hooves me to prove that I am skilled in this do­main by mak­ing my own so­cial me­dia pub­lic. How­ever, if you have a ten­dency to live-tweet your drunken nights out with friends, I would ad­vise you to delete your Twit­ter all to­gether, un­less your goal is in­ter­net fame.

In to­day’s so­cial-me­dia-sat­u­rated world, it is best to have your ac­counts be “pro­fer­sonal,” mean­ing both pro­fes­sional and per­sonal. This al­lows you to show­case your per­son­al­ity and skills to po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers. Ob­vi­ously, you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity be­cause you shared a funny meme about smok­ing pot; how­ever, it is al­most as detri­men­tal for a can­di­date to be com­pletely un­trace­able.

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