Online Etiquette

During your job search process, it is important to review your online profiles and personal web pages to ensure that they convey the message that you would like employers to receive. Having a potential employer stumble upon a not-so-professional website may be detrimental to your job search process. Your once-deemed “yes” resume may end up in the “no” pile as a result.

  • LaptopmouseWhen reviewing your online information, be sure to include all Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other easily searchable personal profiles and sites online.
  • Many institutions list a directory of their students' websites, so be thoughtful of these pages as well.
  • This doesn’t mean that you have to remove yourself from your social networking sites. Most of these websites have an option to mark your profile as private so that only your approved friends are able to view it.
  • However, keep in mind that although your profile is private, there are some components that are still available for public viewing.
  • Also, ensure that each of your photo albums are marked to “friends only” if you do not want these pictures to be viewed by the public. Even if marked as private, consider removing or "un-tagging yourself" in any potentially questionable photos.

One last tip: If the e-mail address you supply on your resume is a personal account, make sure that the username and domain is professional and appropriate for an employer to see.

 

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Updated May 8, 2015