Use social media, but with caution
“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.