Social media: pitfalls and opportunities


Questions over privacy made social media a major issue in 2012 and it is anticipated that employers and social media will continue to be a key issue in 2013 as well. However, if it is used correctly – as this infographic shows – social media can be a very important tool in your job and internship search.

Stick to a few of these social media golden rules, and your employment search will be fine:

  • Avoid using profanities.
  • Make sure your spelling and grammar are both correct.
  • Keep anything objectionable offline.
  • Don’t post or tweet anything when you’re in a bad mood.

Here’s another good post on how social media can make or break your next job opportunity. Building on these golden rules above, this Forbes post outlines how social media is all about creating a good impression of yourself. That good impression should extend to potential employers as well.

Also, it’s a good idea to remember that these social media rules apply when you’ve got a job as well. As this Wall Street Journal article shows, you can still be just one Facebook rant away from being fired. Imagine explaining that at your next job interview!

Want to know more about social media and the employment process? The GW Career Center can help you! Check out our Managing Your Social Media and Online Presence workshop on February 23, 5.30pm in Marvin Center 310. In this session, we will discuss recommendations and tips to manage your social media expression in the face of increased employer interaction online.  Please RSVP for GW Career Center events through GWork.

For more information, email us at or call us on 202.994.6495.

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